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Current Bioinformatics


ISSN (Print): 1574-8936
ISSN (Online): 2212-392X

Review Article

Salient Features, Data and Algorithms for MicroRNA Screening from Plants: A Review on the Gains and Pitfalls of Machine Learning Techniques

Author(s): Garima Ayachit, Inayatullah Shaikh, Himanshu Pandya* and Jayashankar Das*

Volume 15, Issue 10, 2020

Page: [1091 - 1103] Pages: 13

DOI: 10.2174/1574893615999200601121756

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The era of big data and high-throughput genomic technology has enabled scientists to have a clear view of plant genomic profiles. However, it has also led to a massive need for computational tools and strategies to interpret this data. In this scenario of huge data inflow, machine learning (ML) approaches are emerging to be the most promising for analysing heterogeneous and unstructured biological datasets. Extending its application to healthcare and agriculture, ML approaches are being useful for microRNA (miRNA) screening as well. Identification of miRNAs is a crucial step towards understanding post-transcriptional gene regulation and miRNA-related pathology. The use of ML tools is becoming indispensable in analysing such data and identifying species-specific, non-conserved miRNA. However, these techniques have their own benefits and lacunas. In this review, we will discuss the current scenario and pitfalls of ML-based tools for plant miRNA identification and provide some insights into the important features, the need for deep learning models and direction in which studies are needed.

Keywords: microRNA, dataset, algorithm, feature selection, plant genomics, machine learning.

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