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Visualizing Protein Structures - Tools and Trends

Version 1 : Received: 12 January 2020 / Approved: 12 January 2020 / Online: 12 January 2020 (16:26:54 CET)

How to cite: Martinez, X.; Chavent, M.; Baaden, M. Visualizing Protein Structures - Tools and Trends. Preprints 2020, 2020010128 Martinez, X.; Chavent, M.; Baaden, M. Visualizing Protein Structures - Tools and Trends. Preprints 2020, 2020010128

Abstract

Molecular visualisation is fundamental in the current scientific literature, textbooks and dissemination materials, forming an essential support for presenting results, reasoning on and formulating hypotheses related to molecular structure. Visual exploration has become easily accessible on a broad variety of platforms thanks to advanced software tools that render a great service to the scientific community. These tools are often developed across disciplines bridging computer science, biology and chemistry. Here we first describe a few Swiss Army knives geared towards protein visualisation for everyday use with an existing large user base, then focus on more specialised tools for peculiar needs that are not yet as broadly known. Our selection is by no means exhaustive, but reflects a diverse snapshot of scenarios that we consider informative for the reader. We end with an account of future trends and perspectives.

Subject Areas

molecular graphics; protein visualization; software tools; virtual reality

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