Microrna Has Unexpected Uses, University of Veterinary Medicine Study

Published: Apr 22, 2013

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An international research team including Christian Schlötterer and Alistair McGregor of the Vetmeduni Vienna has discovered a completely new mechanism by which evolution can change the appearance of an organism. The researchers found that the number of hairs on flies’ legs varies according to the level of activity of a so-called microRNA. The results, published in the journal Current Biology, shed a completely new light on the molecular mechanisms of evolution.

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