Scientists Develop RNAMiner Genetic Research Tool
The site, created to be user-friendly, allows users to upload data and analyze it through as many as five steps against the genomes of five species.A group of scientists at the University of Missouri has introduced what they are calling a game changer in the world of biological research—an online, free service called RNAMiner that has been developed to handle large data sets, which could lead to faster results in the study of plant and animal genomics. The website was created to be user-friendly and allows users to upload data, analyze it through as many as five steps against the complete genomes of five species, including human, mouse, Drosophila melanogaster (a type of fly), TAIR10 arabidopsis (a small flowering plant) and Clostridium perfringens (a type of bacterium). The university noted that genomic data for any species is welcome for upload to grow the database, and pointed out that on average, two gigabytes of data takes approximately 10 hours for the servers to process and analyze. Most researchers get results within a couple of hours. "Organizations that generate and process a lot of genomics and transcriptomic data such as universities, non-profit research laboratories, hospitals, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies will find this service useful, Jianlin Cheng," an associate professor of computer science in the MU College of Engineering, told eWEEK. "They can use the service to analyze the data for improving biomedical research, drug design, and health care."
Cheng noted users just need to upload files and select several parameters, and it will automatically give those results, and using this raw data, the platform can compress that basically hundreds of thousands of times, even one million times.