The analysis of RNA sequences from an RNA structure and a molecular phylogenetic perspective can reveal the secondary and tertiary structure for RNA molecules, most notably for the 16S and 23S ribosomal RNAs, and phylogenetic relationships for organisms that span the entire tree of life. Computational biology and bioinformatics are used to study:
1. RNA secondary and tertiary structure prediction with comparative sequence analysis;
2. RNA motifs: relationships between RNA sequences and their higher-order structures;
3. RNA folding: transforming a single RNA sequence into its biologically correct higher-order structure;
4. RNA structure-based phylogenetic analysis; and
5. Comparative RNA Web site: RNA sequence/structure knowledge base.
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