January 18, 2016

X-citing X chromosome discovery could aid research on many sex-linked disorders

U-M researchers find new way for RNA to regulate genetic activity

"In a new paper in Nature Communications, a team of scientists from the University of Michigan Medical School shows that the genetic material in female (but not male) cells makes tiny amounts of a special genetic material called RNA to make one of the two X chromosomes silent. They call this RNA XistAR."