The public arm of the public-private consortium responsible for developing a short hairpin RNA library targeting the entire human and mouse genomes has now published a research paper that validates the effectiveness of the library for conducting large-scale loss-of-function phenotypic screens.

The publication, which may serve as a roadmap of sorts for the application of the shRNA library in functional genomics and drug discovery, also demonstrates the power of combining such technology with high-content automated imaging.

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