The National Institutes of Health last month awarded nearly $850,000 in grants to fund research into microRNA-based treatments for neurological, catabolic, and viral disorders.

The first grant was awarded to Washington University's Timothy Miller to support his work on an miRNA-therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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