Exploring plant genomes by RNA-induced gene silencing

Nat Rev Genet. 2003 Jan;4(1):29-38. doi: 10.1038/nrg982.


The nucleotide sequences of several animal, plant and bacterial genomes are now known, but the functions of many of the proteins that they are predicted to encode remain unclear. RNA interference is a gene-silencing technology that is being used successfully to investigate gene function in several organisms--for example, Caenorhabditis elegans. We discuss here that RNA-induced gene silencing approaches are also likely to be effective for investigating plant gene function in a high-throughput, genome-wide manner.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Forecasting
  • Gene Silencing*
  • Genetic Vectors / metabolism
  • Genome, Plant*
  • Plant Viruses / metabolism
  • Plants / genetics*
  • Plants / virology
  • RNA / metabolism*
  • RNA Interference*
  • Transcription, Genetic


  • RNA