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RNA Gene Prediction

  1. Stephen R Holbrook,
  2. Richard J Carter,
  3. Richard F Meraz

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005271



How to Cite

Holbrook, S. R., Carter, R. J. and Meraz, R. F. 2005. RNA Gene Prediction. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Lawerence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005


The rapid growth of sequenced genomes and the discovery of numerous novel RNA species has made the development of methods for the computational identification of genes encoding functional RNA a high priority. Recent developments of algorithms for RNA gene prediction are based on diverse criteria, including location of promoters and terminators, sequence conservation among related genomes, RNA base-pairing and nucleotide composition.


  • functional RNA;
  • gene finding;
  • genomics;
  • bioinformatics;
  • machine learning