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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.
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.

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