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NSF Provides $500,000 to International Team to Create RNA Ontology

NEW YORK, March 22 (GenomeWeb News) - An international team of scientists has formed a consortium to create a common vocabulary for RNA researchers, the researchers said yesterday.


Funded with $500,000 over five years from the National Science Foundation, the RNA Ontology Consortium, headed by Neocles Leontis, a professor of chemistry at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, plans to develop a common vocabulary and scientific concepts relating to RNA structure and function.


The researchers plan to identify all RNA motifs in the literature and write a definition for each motif. Their results will be available to researchers on the web through servers hosted at BGSU.


The consortium includes researchers from StanfordUniversity, DukeUniversity, YaleUniversity, Rutgers University, GeorgiaTech University, the Universityof Calfornia Berkeley, the Universityof North Carolina, the Universityof Rochester, the Universityof Montreal, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Institut de Biologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire in France, and the Scripps Research Institute.

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