20 January 2006

More on Non-coding RNA

Snowcrash at Biosingularity blog has another great posting on RNA. Snowcrash is a Professor of Immunology and Microbiology at a US medical school, and actively involved in immunological and stem cell research, as well as being a skilled and prolific blogger. He knows what he is talking about.

The research described by Snowcrash was done at Children's Hospital Boston. The discovery that microRNA is involved in synapse formation in the developing brain reveals how large the gaps in biological knowledge have been. It further illustrates how the discovery of the multiple functions of RNA is leading to a proliferation of research discoveries with no end in sight. In fact, there is no end in sight to the acceleration of research discovery.

The singularity itself is often described as a near vertical rise in rate of information/knowledge increase, a near asymptotic growth rate.

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