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Title of Collaborative Activity:

Extracellular Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) Communication

Description of Collaborative Activity:

Recent advances have indicated that ribonucleic acids (RNAs) can play a role in a variety of complex cellular functions, including newly discovered mechanisms of cell-to-cell communication. RNA can be exported from cells in extracellular vesicles or bound to lipids or proteins, to circulate through the body and affect cells at a distance. However, the actual impact of the extracellular RNAs, or exRNAs, is currently unknown. NIH and FDA intend to collaborate and coordinate efforts towards the preclinical and clinical use of exRNAs to address human health and disease.

Type of Collaborative Activity:

Research Initiative

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