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In Science Translational Medicine this week, US and German researchers publish data showing how neutrophils use a microRNA to protect against harmful lung inflammation. The work suggests that upregulating this miRNA — miR-223 — may be an effective strategy for treating acute respiratory distress syndrome. The scientists found that mice infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus could be protected against severe lung inflammation when treated with miR-233.

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