MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are noncoding regulatory RNAs that function via
the degradation of target mRNAs and inhibition of translation. They are
found widely in higher eukaryotic organisms, and in several species that
have been closely examined, hundreds of miRNAs have thus far been
discovered with mechanistically conserved, yet functionally diverse, roles
necessary for the proper development, homeostasis and metabolism of
Foreword for Cary Conference X, “Ecosystem Function in Heterogeneous
Among the most difficult problems in the life sciences is the challenge to
understand the details of how ecosystems/watersheds/landscapes function.
Yet, the welfare of all life, not just the human species, depends upon the successful
functioning of diverse and complicated ecosystems, each with various
dimensions and compositions.
Organization scholars have long acknowledged that control processes
are integral to the way in which organizations function. While control
theory research spans many decades and draws on several rich traditions,
theoretical limitations have kept it from generating consistent and interpretable
empirical findings and from reaching consensus concerning the
nature of key relationships.