Improving Free Energy Functions for RNA Folding. RNA Secondary Structure Prediction. Why RNA is Important. Machinery of protein construction Catalytic role in cells May be possible to destroy specific sequences of RNA (to interrupt protein production) RNase P (Cech/Altman c.1981).
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RNA Secondary Structure Prediction
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The free energy of a secondary structure equals the sum of the free energies of the loops and stacked pairs
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