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silence

noun absolute quiet, hush, lack of sound, noiselessness, quiescence, quiescency, quiet, quietness, quietude, silentium, soundlessness, speechlessness, suppression of sound, taciturnitas, wordlessness
Associated concepts: estopped by silence, silence as an admission
Foreign phrases: Qui tacet, consentire videtur.He who is silent is deemed to consent. Qui tacet consentire videtur, ubi tractatur de ejus commodo. He who is silent is deemed to consent, when his interest is at stake.
See also: allay, concealment, lull, peace, placate, repress, stifle, stop, strangle, subdue, suppress

SILENCE. The state of a person who does not speak, or of one who refrains from speaking.
     2. Pure and simple silence cannot be considered as a consent to a contract, except in cases when the silent person is bound in good faith to explain himself, in which case, silence gives consent. 6 Toull. liv. 3, t. 3, n. 32, note; 14 Serg. & Rawle, 393; 2 Supp. to Ves. jr. 442; 1 Dane's Ab. c. 1, art. 4, Sec. 3; 8 T. R. 483; 6 Penn. St. R. 336; 1 Greenl. Ev. 201; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1313. But no assent will be inferred from a man's silence, unless, 1st. He knows his rights and knows what he is doing and, 2d. His silence is voluntary.
     3. When any person is accused of a crime, or charged with any fact, and he does not deny it, in general, the presumption is very strong that the charge is correct. 7 C. & P. 832 5 C. & P. 332; Joy on Conf. s. 10, p. 77.
     4. The rule does not extend to the silence of a prisoner, when on his examination before a magistrate he is charged by another prisoner with having joined him in the commission of an offence: 3 Stark. C. 33.
     5. When an oath is administered to a witness, instead of expressly promising to keep it, he gives his assent by his silence, and kissing the book.
     6. The person to be affected by the silence must be one not disqualified to act as non compos, an infant, or the like, for even the express promise of such a person would not bind him to the performance of any contract.
     7. The rule of the civil law is that silence is not an acknowledgment or denial in every case, qui tacet, non utique fatetur: sed tamen verum est, eum non negaro. Dig. 50, 17, 142.

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In an article titled "The dark side of silence," Hendy (2013) has pinpointed the characteristic feature of silencing the other: "Throughout history, silencing is something the powerful have tended to do to the weak.
The new offering developed by QIAGEN provides a very broad range of optimized and validated RNAi-based gene silencing solutions and, in addition, also links such RNAi solutions with the corresponding gene expression assay used in the subsequent qPCR-based knockdown validation.
Tanaka Hall, postdoctoral researcher Jeffrey Vargason, and Hungarian colleagues Jozsef Burgyan and Gyorgy Szittly elucidate the nature of viral counterdefense by solving the crystal structure of a known silencing suppressor, the tombusvirus Carnation Italian ringspot virus (CIRV) p19 protein, in complex with a 21-nucleotide small interfering RNA (siRNA), the workhorse bit of nucleic acid that drives the silencing process.
Ever since, they've sought to understand how the silencing of almost an entire chromosome occurs.
The data demonstrate that small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), the molecules that mediate RNAi, can be administered in animal models to achieve therapeutic silencing of disease-causing genes, and that effective and clinically relevant delivery can be achieved with both direct and systemic RNAi applications.
where it acts catalytically on PKN3 mRNA via the gene silencing mechanism.
RNAi, also referred to as posttranscriptional gene silencing (PTGS), selectively ablates the effect of a gene by destroying mRNA.
Known as gene silencing, the process does just what its name implies.
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Several recent publications show successful gene silencing in human cells and experimental animals.
The team found that administering tiny amounts of dsRNA to Caenorhabditis elegans resulted in potent sequence-specific gene silencing.