New Studies Uncover Antiviral RNAi in Mammals | GenomeWeb

While plants and invertebrates have long been known to use RNA interference for viral defense, it was unclear whether mammals did the same. Two new papers published in Science this month, however, reveal that at least some mammalian cells use the gene-silencing mechanisms to fend off viruses.

Although there has been evidence of an RNAi-based anti-viral system in mammals, its existence has been a topic of much debate.

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