Detection of Small RNAs and MicroRNAs Using Deep Sequencing Technology

  • Ericka R. HaveckerEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 732)


Small RNAs (sRNAs) have made a large impact on many recent scientific discoveries. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a type of sRNA molecule and, although usually just 20–22 nucleotides in length, they are potent regulators of gene expression. Therefore, identification of miRNAs and profiling their abundance are fundamental to understanding an organism’s or tissue’s gene regulatory network. Next-generation sequencing methods have allowed researchers to quickly sequence and profile sRNA populations. This chapter describes a cloning procedure to identify the sRNAs or miRNAs present in an RNA sample.

Key words

MicroRNAs Small RNAs RNA silencing Next-generation sequencing Cloning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant SciencesUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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