The National Institutes of Health this month awarded four grants to help pay for microRNA-related research projects aiming to study the function of conserved miRNAs in plants, the role the non-coding RNAs play in human T- and B-cell activation, the impact of miRNAs in brain cancer, and how miRNAs affect the aging process.

The first grant, worth $223,430 in the first year of its four-year term, was awarded to Pennsylvania State University's Michael Axtell to support his investigation into the functional and evolutionary genomics of ancient miRNAs.

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