Chinese researchers describe interactions between competitive endogenous RNAs in four tissues from the rhesus macaque, which they profiled in an effort to better understand gene regulatory roles for non-coding RNA. Using RNA sequencing, the team tracked messenger RNA and long non-coding RNA expression in brain, lung, colon, and liver tissue over time during rhesus development.

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