Victor Ambros (1953-)

By Catherine May, Justin M. Wolter
Published: 2012-05-13
Keywords: DNA and RNA

Victor Ambros is a professor of molecular medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and he discovered the first microRNA (miRNA) in 1993. Ambros researched the genetic control of developmental timing in the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans and he helped describe gene function and regulation during the worm’s development and embryogenesis. His discovery of miRNA marked the beginning of research into a form of genetic regulation found throughout diverse life forms from plants to humans. Ambros is a central figure in the miRNA and C. elegans research communities, and co-directs the RNA Therapeutics Institute.

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May, Catherine,, Wolter, Justin M., "Victor Ambros (1953-)". Embryo Project Encyclopedia (2012-05-13). ISSN: 1940-5030

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