3D RNA Modeling Panel Discussion, May 27, 2009

Simbios is hosting the following panel discussion on 3D RNA Modeling during this year's RNA Society annual meeting.

Title: RNA 3D Modeling

A revolution in our understanding of RNA function is underway. Like proteins, the detailed 3D structure of RNA is often key to understanding its function. X-ray crystallography can solve some RNA structures, but most remain unsolved due largely to the difficulty of crystallizing such large, highly charged and flexible molecules; similar problems plague NMR approaches. Computational structure prediction techniques are a promising solution. These can generate structures to help design focused experiments for elucidating structural and functional details. In this panel discussion, the panelists will each introduce a software tool that has been developed to model the 3D structure of RNA, followed by a discussion of the tools and the challenges and potential impact of this research area.

The panel will be held on Wednesday (May 27th) from 5:15 pm to 6:30 pm, and is intended to highlight current approaches to 3D RNA modeling and generate discussion about the approaches, potential impact, and the challenges of this research area.