Scientists in Singapore have found the importance of a molecule in the study of diseases like cancer, according to Channel News Asia reports Friday.
Researchers from the Genome Institute of Singapore released the results pointing out the importance of a small molecule named microRNA in the research of diseases.
They carried out experiments using a mathematical model developed by International Business Machines (IBM) Research, and found microRNA regulates a cell's ability to produce protein.
Protein enables the cell to carry out functions like regeneration, growth and reproduction -- signs of a healthy cell, according to the scientists.
Team leader Bing Lim said they continued to reveal the increasing importance of microRNAs in determining a cell's type and function.
"This joint effort is generating new insights regarding the function of these molecules." he said.
The research team said the next step is to study the behavior of abnormal levels of microRNAs found in diseases like cancer and diabetes and to devise methods of treatment.
(Xinhua News Agency September 23, 2006)