The National Institutes of Health recently announced two funding opportunities for research initiatives with potential microRNA and non-coding RNA aspects including one related to the treatment of HIV-1 and another to lung development research.

With the first opportunity, the NIH is aiming to address the problem of HIV-1 persistence following highly active anti-retroviral therapy, which suppresses HIV RNA levels in plasma and cerebral spinal fluid, yet does not completely eliminate the virus due to sequestration in cellular and tissue reservoirs.

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