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Laying the groundwork for early diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases using RNA

Researchers from the Neurobiology of miRNA team coordinated by Davide De Pietri Tonelli at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT-Italian Institute of Technology) has discovered the correlation between a class of small RNA molecules, piRNAs, and brain inflammation. The study lays the groundwork for the development of new diagnostic technologies for early detection of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The study has been published in the journal EMBO Reports.