For Drug Toxicity Testing, microRNAs Hold Promise But More Work Remains | GenomeWeb

While much attention has been focused on the use of microRNAs for diagnostic applications, a number of pharmaceutical firms have been exploring the non-coding RNAs' potential as biomarkers of drug-related toxicity.

However, these efforts are early stage and require additional work before miRNAs could reliably replace traditional biomarkers, according to data presented this week at the Cambridge Healthtech Institute microRNA as Biomarkers and Diagnostics meeting in Boston.

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