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Collaborative Success Stories: Game Changer


RNAMiner is a game changer that alters the cost and speed of biological research.

RNA sequencing is how researchers study RNA, or ribonucleic acid. Though there is a wealth of information derived from traditional RNA sequencing processes, the volume of data can be a true burden to the researcher—making it difficult to see what matters most. Often, it requires researchers to have access to expensive computer servers and robust software programs to handle the large datasets.

In response, scientists at the University of Missouri developed the online, free RNAMiner to handle these datasets. RNAMiner allows users to upload genomic data for a species and analyze it against the complete genomes of the species. This process allows most researchers to receive comparative results within a few hours—saving the researchers money, bringing the needed information to the forefront quickly and allowing them to post their conclusions faster.

Jianlin Cheng, a professor in MU’s Department of Computer Science, and doctoral students Jilong Li and Jie Hou partnered with the MU Center for Botanical Interaction Studies, the Division of Biological Sciences, the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Biochemistry, the MU Informatics Institute and Bond Life Sciences Center to develop RNAMiner. The project was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.

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