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Boutros, M., Kiger, A.A., Armknecht, S., Kerr, K., Hild, M., Koch, B., Haas, S.A., Consortium, H.F., Paro, R., Perrimon, N. (2004). Genome-wide RNAi analysis of growth and viability in Drosophila cells.  Science 303(5659): 832--835.
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FBrf0175143
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A crucial aim upon completion of whole genome sequences is the functional analysis of all predicted genes. We have applied a high-throughput RNA-interference (RNAi) screen of 19,470 double-stranded (ds) RNAs in cultured cells to characterize the function of nearly all (91%) predicted Drosophila genes in cell growth and viability. We found 438 dsRNAs that identified essential genes, among which 80% lacked mutant alleles. A quantitative assay of cell number was applied to identify genes of known and uncharacterized functions. In particular, we demonstrate a role for the homolog of a mammalian acute myeloid leukemia gene (AML1) in cell survival. Such a systematic screen for cell phenotypes, such as cell viability, can thus be effective in characterizing functionally related genes on a genome-wide scale.

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Global RNAi for the fly.
Vogan, 2004, Nat. Genet. 36(3): 223 [FBrf0188721]

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    English
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    Science
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    Science
    Publication Year
    1895-
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    0036-8075
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