Grant Money Supporting microRNA Research

by Chris on July 9, 2010

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NIH Awards Three Grants Supporting RNAi, microRNA Rx Development -July 08, 2010

Mirna Recommended for $10.3M Texas Grant, Poised to Close $25M Series B – June 24, 2010

NIH Awards More Than $800K in March to Fund Three miRNA-Related Research Projects – March 11, 2010

NIH Awards Over $1M in FY ’10 Funding to miRNA-Related Research Projects – January 7, 2010

Rockefeller, OSU miRNA Researchers Pull in Big Bucks Under Recovery Act – October 22, 2009

NIH Awards Nearly $6M in RNAi, miRNA Grants with Stimulus Money – September 3, 2009

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NIH-Supported Finding on Cocaine Addiction: Tiny Molecule, Big Promise

NIDA News Release July 7, 2010

Discovery could lead to better ways of predicting drug abuse risk and treating addictions

A specific and remarkably small fragment of RNA appears to protect rats against cocaine addiction – and may also protect humans, according to a recent study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health. The study was published today in the journal Nature.

RNA (ribonucleic acid) molecules are known to play critical roles in the translation of genetic information (DNA) into proteins, which are the building blocks of life. In the past decade, scientists have begun to notice, catalogue and characterize a population of small RNAs, called microRNAs, that represent a new class of regulatory molecules. In this study, researchers at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida found that cocaine consumption increased levels of a specific microRNA sequence in the brains of rats, named microRNA-212. As its levels increased, the rats exhibited a growing dislike for cocaine, ultimately controlling how much they consumed. By contrast, as levels of microRNA-212 decreased, the rats consumed more cocaine and became the rat equivalent of compulsive users. [click to continue…]


NIH Ponies Up for miRNA Research

by Chris on September 24, 2009

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…which awarded nearly $1.5 million in one-year Small Business Innovation Research grants to companies playing in the RNAi and microRNA fields… (read more)