NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team of researchers from Gansu Agricultural University in China this month reported on the discovery of four microRNAs in potatoes that regulate genes involved in the plant's response to drought.

Although more work needs to be done to elucidate the relationships between the miRNAs and their targets, the findings suggest that the small, non-coding RNAs could serve as targets for enhancing the ability of potatoes to survive in dry environments.

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Researchers suggest that genetic variations could influence the side effects people experience when using synthetic cannabinoids, the International Business Times reports.

An analysis has examined the makeup of researchers on Twitter and what they share, Nature News reports.

At Stat News, Jim Kozubek argues that the Broad Institute is pushing the boundary of what a nonprofit is.

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