Brain tumors may control gene expression through new forms of RNA

The following is an edited excerpt.

A new study, published in RNA Biology, reveals how brain tumours communicate with other cells.

Dubbed the biological equivalent of “tweeting”, the study found that brain tumours release small bits of information, known as microvesicles, which contain new forms of RNA, the close cousin of DNA, and that these interact with brain blood vessel cells. RNA is a group of biological molecules that perform multiple roles, including the control of gene expression.

Read the full story here: The secret life of ‘tweeting’ tumours

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