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reviews While there seems to be no obvious change in any of the proteins that process miRNA, they are still somehow being under-expressed, implying a separate pathway for regulation that has yet to be discovered [4]. Though it is difficult to predict the types of pros and cons these tiny miRNAs may bring into the field of medicine, the venture – given more time and inquiry – is filled with substantial promise.

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