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In Genome Biology this week, a trio of researchers describes their computational approach to identify miRNAs from high-throughput sequencing data, miRTRAP. When applied to the chordate Ciona intestinalis, the team distinguished nearly 400 reported miRNA loci; previously, 80 had been identified and reported. Almost half of the genes identified produce non-conventional miRNA products, the authors write, including moRNAs and antisense miRNAs.

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