As evidence mounts supporting the role that microRNAs play in a variety of biological processes, researchers are looking for new ways to detect and quantify the short, non-coding, single-stranded RNAs.

In line with this trend, a research team at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel has been looking into the role of miRNAs in viral infection and pathogenesis. However, they found that current methods for detecting miRNAs by real-time quantitative PCR were lacking for their purposes.

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