Messenger RNA (mRNA), the naturally occurring molecule honed over thousands of years of evolution to translate accurately and efficiently the information encoded in a cell's DNA into the proteins essential for maintaining cell function and ensuring an organism’s survival, will revolutionise the biopharmaceutical industry.
A decade and a half after being first described to occur in mammalian cells, numerous trials are indicating that RNA interference can be harnessed to treat human disease. This article argues that positive results are now starting to emerge for the application of vector-based ddRNAi.
Despite an investment of billions of US dollars in the search of novel therapies, cancer still remains the leading cause of death in the world. This emphasises the need to identify novel tumour dependencies and molecular targets.
RNAi screening is arguably the fastest growing field with the premise to better understand gene function at the genome level. It has been hailed as the second genomics wave, and in combination with the human genome-sequencing projects, would constitute the holy grail of modern genetics.