DSSR: New software for dissecting the spatial structure of RNA

Insight into the three-dimensional architecture of RNA is essential for understanding its numerous cellular functions. Recent discoveries of new RNA folds and functions have stimulated interest in the development of technologies that can make sense of the complex spatial arrangements of these molecules. To address this need, Dr. Xiang-Jun Lu, an NIH-funded Associate Research Scientist affiliated with the Bussemaker Lab who previously developed the widely used 3DNA software, has developed a new computational tool named DSSR (Dissecting the Spatial Structure of RNA). DSSR has already been integrated into Jmol and PyMOL, two widely used molecular graphics programs. It can serve as a cornerstone for RNA structural bioinformatics and will benefit a broad range of possible applications. [read the paper][download the software]

 

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