With the growing understanding of the importance of non-coding RNAs, one particular class, the piwi-interacting RNA, is garnering increased attention for its apparent role in regulating RNA silencing.

To support ongoing research into piRNAs, the National Institutes of Health last month awarded two grants that will fund projects examining the mechanisms behind their creation and their possible role in brain damage.

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