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Motifs from the deep

Tony W Hwang*, Vlad Codrea and Andrew D Ellington

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Texas, Austin, TX78712, USA

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Journal of Biology 2009, 8:72  doi:10.1186/jbiol174

Published: 2 September 2009


Because of the increasing recognition of the importance of non-coding RNAs in gene regulation, there is considerable interest in identifying RNA motifs in genomic data. In a recent report in BMC Genomics, Breaker and colleagues describe a new algorithm for identifying functional noncoding RNAs in metagenomic sequences of marine organisms, a strategy that may be particularly effective for discovering new and unique riboswitches.