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Review of Non-coding RNAs and the epigenetic regulation of gene expression : A book edited by Kevin Morris

Authors
Journal
Epigenetics
1559-2294
Publisher
Landes Bioscience
Publication Date
Volume
7
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4161/epi.20170
Keywords
  • Book Review
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine
  • Physics

Abstract

Advances in sequencing and detection technology over the past two decades, highlighted by the data explosion brought about by the human genome project, have transformed what was previously assumed to be a relatively simple genetic landscape into a new picture where the so-called “dark matter” of the genome has stolen the spotlight from the not so hip protein-coding genes. The simplified central dogma of molecular biology, in which a gene encodes for a protein via a messenger RNA (mRNA), is still at the core of genetics but is now caught in a much more complex web of regulation by the genomic region previously known as “junk” DNA. Books such as Non-coding RNAs and epigenetic regulation of gene expression, published by Caister Academic Press, become essential guidelines to help us understand the current status of the very fast paced field of RNA research, which has only just started to uncover the roles of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) in the regulation of gene expression.

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