.RNA File Extension

SnapGene RNA File

Developer GSL Biotech
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What is an RNA file?

An RNA file is a data file created by GSL Biotech SnapGene, a molecular biology analysis application. It contains a Ribonucleic acid (RNA) sequence and includes metadata, such as the creator, a description of the sequence, a history of changes, and comments.

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Screenshot of a .rna file in GSL Biotech SnapGene 6
RNA file open in GSL Biotech SnapGene 6

GSL Biotech SnapGene is a molecular biology program that documents, designs, and simulates DNA, RNA, and protein sequences. Genetic scientists often use the software to conduct and document facets of their research.

In May 2021, GSL Biotech introduced the RNA format when it released SnapGene 5.3. When you save a sequence with SnapGene, the software creates a file to store the contents. Snap Gene saves each type of sequence in a different file format:

  • DNA sequence - .DNA file
  • RNA sequence - RNA file
  • Protein sequence - .PROT file

To create an RNA file with SnapGene, follow these steps:

  1. Select File → New DNA or RNA File...
  2. Choose the "RNA" sequence type
  3. Create the sequence
  4. Name the file
  5. Select OK

After creating the RNA file, you can save it by selecting File → Save or Save As.... Then, after saving the file, you can close it and re-open it to modify the sequence further.

How to open an RNA file

You can open an RNA file with GSL Biotech SnapGene (multiplatform). To open an RNA file with SnapGene, select File → Open Files.... Since GSL Biotech introduced the RNA format when it released SnapGene 5.3, SnapGene versions earlier than 5.3 open RNA files as DNA files.

You can also open an RNA file with SnapGene Viewer (multiplatform). However, it does not provide the same extensive capabilities that SnapGene offers.

How to convert an RNA file

GSL Biotech SnapGene can convert RNA files to various file types, including the following formats:

  • .PROT - SnapGene Protein File
  • .SEQ - DNA Sequence Text File
  • .FA - FASTA Sequence File
  • .EMBL - EMBL Sequence Data File
  • .GBK - GenBank Data File
  • .TXT - Plain Text File
  • .JPG - JPEG Image
  • .PNG - Portable Network Graphic
  • .SVG - Scalable Vector Graphics File
  • .EMF - Enhanced Windows Metafile
  • .PDF - Portable Document Format
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