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April 01, 2007 (Vol. 27, No. 7)

Structural Classification of RNA (SCOR)

  • Useful database
  • Uninspired interface
SCOP, the popular website for the Structural Classification of Proteins, has been around for a long time, but I’ll wager most readers of this column have never heard of SCOR, the Structural Classification of RNA. Such, I suppose, is the reason this column exists. SCOR is a database aimed at providing a comprehensive examination of RNA motif structure/function. It does not perform structural analysis. The site has several facets to it. They include Structural Classifications (Internal Loops and Hairpins), Functional Classifications (Molecular, Motif, and Structural Models), and RNA Tertiary Interactions (seven subcategories). The site also contains JAVA applications for manipulating sequences for Windows, Mac, UNIX, and LINUX. A glossary and a useful set of links round out the site.
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