The National Institutes of Health this month awarded grants worth more than $400,000 to two researchers investigating the role of microRNAs in cancer, and one who is developing a new method to detect the small, non-coding RNAs.

The first grant went to Jeffrey Petty of Furman University to help fund his development of an oligonucleotide-sensing technology, which is being optimized for miRNAs.

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