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Exploring new models of easiRNA biogenesis

Nature Genetics volume 46, pages 530531 (2014) | Download Citation

Although silent transposons in plants can be reactivated by stress or during development, their potential deleterious effects are prevented by transposon-derived epigenetically activated small interfering RNAs (easiRNAs). A new study shows how serendipitous interactions between reactivated transposons and endogenous microRNAs might initiate easiRNA biogenesis, establishing an unexpected link between these two classes of silencing small RNAs.

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  1. Alexis Sarazin and Olivier Voinnet are in the Department of Biology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland.

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