Researchers from the US and China introduce a computational pipeline known as SEASTAR ("systematic evaluation of alternative transcription start sites in RNA") for uncovering examples of alternative first exon use in transcriptomes from different organisms, cell types, and/or biological conditions, based on RNA sequence data.

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