A June 26, 2009 story on the Medical News TODAY website stated that scientists at Burnham Institute for Medical Research have discovered that miR-29 plays a key role in controlling the HIV life cycle. The scientists speculate that HIV may use microRNAs to hide from the immune system and antiviral drugs. The research was published in the journal Molecular Cell.
Although most of Rosetta's R&D group is obviously working on the colon cancer screen, I wonder what they and the NIH have discovered in their collaborative effort concerning the relationship between HIV and microRNAs.
Hopefully, stories about microRNAs and their links to diseases will find their way into mainstream media soon.