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Goodsell D.S.,RCSB Protein Data Bank | Goodsell D.S.,Scripps Research Institute | Dutta S.,RCSB Protein Data Bank | Dutta S.,Rutgers University | And 9 more authors.
PLoS Biology | Year: 2015

The Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) Molecule of the Month series provides a curated introduction to the 3-D biomolecular structures available in the Protein Data Bank archive and the tools that are available at the RCSB website for accessing and exploring them. A variety of educational materials, such as articles, videos, posters, hands-on activities, lesson plans, and curricula, build on this series for use in a variety of educational settings as a general introduction to key topics, such as enzyme action, protein synthesis, and viruses. The series and associated educational materials are freely available at www.rcsb.org. © 2015 Goodsell et al.

Rose A.S.,University of California at San Diego | Bradley A.R.,RCSB Protein Data Bank | Bradley A.R.,University of California at San Diego | Valasatava Y.,University of California at San Diego | And 6 more authors.
Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Web3D Technology, Web3D 2016 | Year: 2016

The interactive visualization of very large macromolecular complexes on the web is becoming a challenging problem as experimental techniques advance at an unprecedented rate and deliver structures of increasing size. We have tackled this problem by introducing the binary and compressed Macromolecular Transmission Format (MMTF) to reduce network transfer and parsing time, and by developing NGL, a highly memory-efficient and scalable WebGL-based viewer. MMTF offers over 75% compression over the standard mmCIF format, is over an order of magnitude faster to parse, and contains additional information (e.g., bond information). NGL renders molecular complexes with millions of atoms interactively on desktop computers and smartphones alike, making it a tool of choice for web-based molecular visualization in research and education. © 2016 ACM.

News Article | March 22, 2016
Site: www.scientificamerican.com

David Goodsell, an artist and Scripps Research Institute professor of molecular biology, won the 2016 Wellcome Image Awards for his hand-painted watercolor depiction of the Ebola virus. Goodsell says that sometimes computer models fail to tell us what we want to know about complex structures. In this video he describes the problem and how he chose to paint the biological world the way he paints it. He is now illustrating molecules for the RCSB Protein Data Bank.

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