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Team Presents Automated Nucleic Acid Structure Drawing Method

University of Maryland researchers reporting in Nucleic Acids Research describe an automated approach for drawing two-dimensional nucleic acids structures, which they call "fundamental to the communication of nucleic acids research." The team's RNAcanvas software offers a look at loop and stem structures based on nucleic acid residue sequences, with customizable elements, adjustable layouts, "point-and-click" structure-editing tools, and opportunities for incorporating tertiary interaction information. In addition, RNAcanvas "has many unique features and performance optimizations for large structures that cannot be correctly predicted and require manual refinement based on the researcher's own analyses and expertise," the authors write, noting that "future performance improvements will need to include new strategies for minimizing lag times when dragging portions of very large structures."

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ChatGPT Does As Well As Humans Answering Genetics Questions, Study Finds

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics had ChatGPT answer genetics-related questions, finding it was about 68 percent accurate, but sometimes gave different answers to the same question.

Sequencing Analysis Examines Gene Regulatory Networks of Honeybee Soldier, Forager Brains

Researchers in Nature Ecology & Evolution find gene regulatory network differences between soldiers and foragers, suggesting bees can take on either role.

Analysis of Ashkenazi Jewish Cohort Uncovers New Genetic Loci Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

The study in Alzheimer's & Dementia highlighted known genes, but also novel ones with biological ties to Alzheimer's disease.

Tara Pacific Expedition Project Team Finds High Diversity Within Coral Reef Microbiome

In papers appearing in Nature Communications and elsewhere, the team reports on findings from the two-year excursion examining coral reefs.