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Retrotransposon RNA Triggers NLRC4 Inflammasome Formation: Study
Researchers identify a sensor that sets off inflammation in the absence of infection when it detects RNA from the mobile genetic elements.
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Retrotransposon RNA Triggers NLRC4 Inflammasome Formation: Study
Retrotransposon RNA Triggers NLRC4 Inflammasome Formation: Study

Researchers identify a sensor that sets off inflammation in the absence of infection when it detects RNA from the mobile genetic elements.

Researchers identify a sensor that sets off inflammation in the absence of infection when it detects RNA from the mobile genetic elements.

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, GILE68
Mobile genetic elements
Wrangling Retrotransposons
Andrei Seluanov, Michael Van Meter, Vera Gorbunova | Mar 1, 2015
These mobile genetic elements can wreak havoc on the genome. Researchers are now trying to understand how such activity contributes to the aging process.
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A Movable Defense
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