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A biochemical model for measuring microRNA targeting efficiency is reported in Science this week. Developed by researchers from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, the model adapts RNA Bind-N-Seek — a high-throughput method for characterizing sequence and structural specificity of RNA binding proteins — to enable the measurement of relative binding affinities between six miRNA and their targets.

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The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

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