• New technique reveals switches in RNA

    10 days ago - By Phys

    Scientists at the University of Groningen , in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Torino , have developed a method to visualize and quantify alternative structures of RNA molecules. These alternative RNA 'shapes' can have important functional relevance in viruses and bacteria. The researchers used an algorithm to rapidly analyze large quantities of chemically modified RNA molecules and calculate how many differently folded conformations were present. This technique was used to identify a conserved structural switch in the RNA of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The results of this...
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