small interfering RNA

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Small double-stranded RNA molecules (20–25 bp) that interfere with the expression of particular mRNAs (RNA interference) and can also activate innate immune systems that operate to block viral infection (see RIG-1). They may also induce gene expression and be termed small activating RNAs (saRNAs). Compare microRNA.

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