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Researchers Identify Key Cellular Organelle Involved in Gene Silencing

April 25, 2013

Shengben Li (left) in the lab of Xuemei Chen How exactly microRNAs repress target gene expression is not well understood. A team of scientists led by the University of California, Riverside, geneticists has conducted a study on plants that shows that the site of action of the repression of target gene expression occurs on the endoplasmic reticulum, a cellular organelle that is an interconnected network of membranes. Full Story

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