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July 22, 2010

Free Software for drawing RNAs:

“RNA-DV aims at providing an easy-to-use GUI for visualizing and designing RNA secondary structures. It allows users to interact directly with the RNA structure and perform operations such as changing primary sequence content and connect/disconnect nucleotide bonds. It also integrates thermodynamic energy calculations including four major energy models. RNA-DV recognizes three input formats including CT, RNAML and dot bracket (dp).”

My initial impression is that its intuitively easy to use and creates pictures (via screenshots only) of moderate quality. I quickly learned one can force non-conventional shapes such as pseudoknots – these give internal errors but still work as drawings.

My regards and thanks to  Herbert H. Tsang and Denny C. Dai for the development of this software.


From → rna

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