RNA, or ribonucleic acid, is a biological macromolecule made of nucleotides used in cells to convey genetic information to protein. RNA also plays a role in catalyzing certain biological reactions as well as carrying genetic material in some viruses.

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Why is statistical mechanics relevant to RNA and protein folding?

This is a very naive question. As far as I understand the folding of a molecule is governed by the electromagnetic forces between its atoms and also between its atoms and the atoms in the surrounding ...
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Effects of pulverizing liquid nitrogen frozen tissue by by pestle and mortar

Does RNA, DNA or protein molecule break during pulverizing (liquid nitrogen) frozen tissue by pestle and mortar. As I want to make cDNA for qPCR, this is very important to me to know this.
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What is the “transcriptome” in layman's term?

I am new to the bioinformatics field and am trying to understand a research paper that includes some definitions which I looked up on the internet, but couldn't find the proper definition of following:...
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To what extent is the genetic code more than just a code?

It is worth specifying the exact meaning of "code" in this question. A code is a map from one space to another space with which it has no algorithmic connection. Thus representing 321 as 0x141 is not ...
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Is there any virus that contains both DNA and RNA in its genome?

It is known that viruses contain DNA or RNA- either one and not both. I came across a question: Which virus contains both DNA and RNA?
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Can DNA & RNA be considered as nature's programming language?

The final frontier of Biological Sciences could be considered understanding the effects of variation in the DNA (and RNA). If after fertilization the DNA of the zygote could be genetically ...
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Why is tRNA called an adaptor molecule?

All I know about adaptor is that it is a device that converts attributes of one electrical device or system to those of an otherwise incompatible device or system. Thank you.
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What implications has the missing 2'-OH on the capability of DNA to form 3D structures?

The chemical difference between RNA and DNA is the missing 2'-hydroxyl group in the nucleotides that build DNA. The major effect of that change that I know of is the higher stability of DNA compared ...
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Estimating RNA concentration from Specific Activity of Labeled RNA

The question reads, Using T7 RNA polymerase to transcribe in vitro a 100-nt RNA off a DNA template. This RNA contains 19 Adenosines. In your 100 uL transcription reaction you added 1.00 µL of α32P•[...
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Why is DNA double stranded and RNA single stranded? [closed]

Why is DNA present as a double helix structure and RNA as a single helix? What causes the difference between them? What are the practical physiological differences between dsDNA and ssRNA? How are the ...
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Can ncRNA convert to coding RNA/mRNA by mutations?

DNA has transcribed into RNA (Non-coding). Can this RNA mutate and become a Protein-Coding one/mRNA? Have there been any such instances reported by scientists?
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Are non-coding RNAs introns?

I am slightly confused as to what part of the genome codes for non-coding RNAs. Is it the introns? This would make sense to me as to why they are not transcribed as the introns are not transcribed. Or ...
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Are some non-coding RNA spliced?

Are some non-coding RNA spliced like mRNA? I tried to find some information but I don't find anything...
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What is meant by “Expression” of Non-Coding RNA?

I was having a look at lncRNAdb and its help says: The ENCODE project gene annotation list, GENCODE, has predicted that the human genome contains 14,470 lncRNAs whereas only a small proportion of ...
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Why deoxyribose for DNA and ribose for RNA?

Why is DNA made out of deoxyribose and RNA made of ribose? Why can't they both use ribose or deoxyribose? I think that the deoxyribose gives an advantage in storing genes, the job of DNA and ribose is ...
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Do transcripts always start and end with exons?

I realized that in all cases of "RefSeq Genes" annotations of hg19 I looked at spliced transcripts start (and end) with an exon. From the annotation there is no evidence of any sequence upstream or ...
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Finding confidence level of miRNA disease associations

I'm an undergraduate computer engineering student, and I have a project about bioinformatics. In this manner, I need to find prediction( or association I'm not sure the correct terminology) confidence ...
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Do residue sequence numbers in PDB files correspond to the positions in the backbone?

In other words if two residues have sequence numbers, say, 20 and 21 then are they next to each other in the backbone? If no (or not necessarily) then is there any way to find consecutive residues ...
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Finding SNPs and Haplotypes?

I have the following alignment file. How can I identify the SNP sites and how can I find the haplotypes. I know these are related but can't seem to apply it to the below data. Any help would be ...
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What's the difference between CREs and DHSs?

I would like to know what's the difference between cis-regulating elements and DNase I–hypersensitive sites, in order to produce a meaningful segregation of non coding elements affecting gene ...
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Why do RNAi pathway proteins exist in the nematode when they can cause them harm?

When dsRNA is injected in plant, Dicer cuts it and prevents disease. Why would the plant parasite, M. incognita - a nematode, die when dsRNA was injected in it? It should have saved it. Again, to be ...
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What's the regulation of natural antisense transcripts?

By running an in silico approach on TF binding site prediction, I've discovered binding motif similarity on a nucleotide sequence within the EGFR-AS1. I was quite surprised, given that the ...
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Questions on adding a protein to a DNA library [closed]

Two questions regarding finding the DNA sequence of a amino acid sequence (AA): 1) If you are able to find out the mRNA sequence of an AA, then don't you automatically know the DNA sequence? 2) ...
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de novo gene synthesis vs cDNA library creation from plant RNA: Pros & Cons

What are the relative pros & cons of the following two approaches when one wants to insert a known, sequenced plant gene into a target host organism: de novo gene synthesis vs plant matter ...
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Trouble identifying a gene given an Expressed sequence tag

I have an assignment where we need to answer several questions about an EST, however, I'm having trouble getting started. My sequence contained a Not I site (clipped that) and no poly A signal. We ...
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RNAse activity review

I was searching for any review unravelling the structure-function motifs responsible for RNAse activity. Or at least a well-composed review of RNAse superfamilies that are described nowadays (with ...
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Why are minor introns bounded by nucleotides AT-AC, where T is not normally in RNA?

Major intron boundary nucleotides are GU-AG. Minor intron boundary nucleotides are AT-AC. Why does the former use RNA Uracil and the latter use DNA thymine? Since introns are in the primary RNA ...
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Accessing Expression Levels for Genes of Interest from GEO Experiments

I have a list of 100 lncRNAs (long non-coding RNAs). For each of these RNAs, I would like to query GEO to find any experiments that used a high throughput sequencing platform and detected expression ...
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H3K36me3 role in RNA polymerase II elongation

I found a paper describing the association of RNA polymerase II with the histone methyltransferase Set2 that methylates H3K36. At the end they say: While our results strongly implicate K36 ...
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Bioinformatics tool for “pairwise alignment” of complementary sequences?

I'm currently working on some ribozyme binding, and I'm looking for a tool that will essentially analyze the regions of the degree of complementarity in two sequences in order to extrapolate ...
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Does RNA serve as the genetic material of some plants and animals along with viruses?

My teacher mentioned that some plants and animals have RNA as genetic material but did not substantiate his statement with examples. I'm wondering if it is so? I have searched the internet but have ...
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Why is mRNA used as a biomarker for cancer over tRNA or rRNA?

I cannot find a clear explanation for why mRNA is used as cancer biomarker and not tRNA or rRNA. Is there something peculiar about mRNA which cannot be fulfilled by tRNA or rRNA?
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mRNA extraction from mice ears.

I am trying to extract RNA from mice ears and for some reason I don't have RNA when I perform the electrophoresis. I directly cut the ears and I put it in a tube with a bead and trizol. then I place ...
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Do snRNAs exit the nucleus or not?

In Molecular Biology of The Cell (Alberts, et al., 2015), it lists the various RNAs that are trafficked through the Nuclear Pore Complex (NPC) into the cytoplasm. The list includes snRNAs, but I ...
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Which secondary structures of RNA are symmetric? [closed]

I'm trying to understand what is the meaning of this statement. A088518 Symmetric secondary structures of RNA molecules with n nucleotides. 4 %I %S 1,1,1,2,2,4,5,9,12,21,29,...
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Which fractions are enriched for siRNA cleavage activity by comparing electrophoresis?

Size exclusion column chromatography was used to separate the proteins in a Drosophila cell lysate to attempt to identify the protein complex responsible for processing long dsRNA into siRNAs. SDS-...
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Extraction of RNA from algae

I have used a standard protocol (I will give the bibliography below) to extract RNA from an algae (Posidonia) but I have get literally nothing, since I could not even see traces of the two rRNA. I ...
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Does the assembly of the PLC transcription complex utilize phosphorylation in binding of the GTFs?

in the recruitment of general transcription factors during transcription initiation is phosphorylation utilized?
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Biopython - Big Discrepancy Calculating RNA melting Temperature over Literature

I experience big discrepancies when calculating melting temperature of RNA 7-mers with Biopython over values generated by a popular algorithm. I tried the nearest neighbour algorithm with RNA and ...
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How much ATP is consumed during protein synthesis?

I'm trying to find out how many molecules of nucleoside triphosphates (ATP, GTP, UTP and/or CTP) it takes to release enough energy to link two amino acid monomers together with a peptide bond, ...
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Difference between micro RNA and short-interfering RNA and CRISPR Cas 9 system?

I read this article https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150206-crispr-dna-editor-bacteria/ and am slightly puzzled as to why the CRISPR/Cas 9 system is seen as being so revolutionary. It seems like the ...
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Are the ribosomes specific for each organism

If we removed one ribosome from human and we put it inside horse, would the ribosome perform the as it would in humans or it will not work or somewhere inbetween?
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What are the reasons which make intron detection uncertain?

Intron/exon sequence detection seems to involve statistical prediction which can at best deliver a guess (until experimentally confirmed) as to where the splice site is. What are the reasons why ...
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What tools can help me determine if a plant homologous protein interacts with an ncRNA in the same way?

First post here, so bare with me if I violate any etiquette or formatting rules. Let's say I've got a protein in humans. When it interacts with an ncRNA found in humans, it does something that I'm ...
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What is the biological significance of finding palindromes in DNA sequence?

I found a function called palindromes in Matlab that finds palindromes from DNA sequence. Now what is the biological intention behind incorporating this function? What the biological significance of ...
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What is the silencing mechanism of AGO1,AGO3 and AGO4?

I read that this proteins lack of slicer activity, so what mechanism do they use to perform gene regulation?
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Since nature highly favors the pyranose forme of Ribose, what explains the fact we find it in the form of furanose in DNA and RNA?

I read in my notes that relative abundance of ribopyranose represents about 80% of all ribose in solution (including the alpha and beta anomeres). I'm curious as to why evolution favored the use of ...
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How do eukaryotes terminate transcription? (clarification on Campbell Biology)

I'm having trouble understanding how eukaryotes terminate transcription. Studying Campbell Biology (pg. 342, 10th ed.), I read: In eukaryotes, RNA polymerase II transcribes the polyadenylation ...
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How to Extract RNA and perform RT-qPCR from very few cells ( ~5,000)?

I am currently conducting an experiment which involves FACS-sorting a specific population of cells using an antibody of interest. In order to validate the type of cells I have collected using this ...
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What are some (bioinformatic) methods to characterize potentially novel gene transcripts?

I am working with a few novel transcripts of genes- before I confirm their existence experimentally, I would like to perform some bioinformatic analysis. I have already considered coding potential, ...