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Noncoding RNAs: A Regulatory Role?

  1. John Stanley Mattick

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005985



How to Cite

Mattick, J. S. 2006. Noncoding RNAs: A Regulatory Role?. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006


Around 97–98% of the transcriptional output of the human genome is noncoding RNA, which is derived from noncoding RNA genes and from introns in protein-coding genes. These RNAs may form a higher-order regulatory network that integrates complex suites of gene activity during differentiation and development.


  • introns;
  • eRNA;
  • RNA interference;
  • intergenic;
  • processing