Scientists studying protein structure have a language they can use to describe various folds — alpha helices and beta folds at the secondary level of structure, for example. But biologists interested in RNA structural analysis are a bit out of luck, says Neocles Leontis, a professor of chemistry at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. “There’s a sense that at some point, all or almost all of the protein folds will be found,” he says. “With RNA, we’re not even close.”

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