Publications Search

Search for publications by author
Search for publications by abstract keyword(s)

Molecular Graphics: Bridging Structural Biologists and Computer Scientists


Visualization of molecular structures is one of the most common tasks carried out by structural biologists, typically using software, such as Chimera, COOT, PyMOL, or VMD. In this Perspective article, we outline how past developments in computer graphics and data visualization have expanded the understanding of biomolecular function, and we summarize recent advances that promise to further transform structural biology. We also highlight how progress in molecular graphics has been impeded by communication barriers between two communities: the computer scientists driving these advances, and the structural and computational biologists who stand to benefit. By pointing to canonical papers and explaining technical progress underlying new graphical developments in simple terms, we aim to improve communication between these communities; this, in turn, would help shape future developments in molecular graphics.

Type Journal
ISBN 1878-4186 (Electronic) 0969-2126 (Linking)
Authors Martinez, X.; Krone, M.; Alharbi, N.; Rose, A. S.; Laramee, R. S.; O'Donoghue, S.; Baaden, M.; Chavent, M.
Responsible Garvan Author Prof Sean O'Donoghue
Publisher Name STRUCTURE
Published Date 2019-11-05
Published Volume 27
Published Issue 11
Published Pages 1617-1623
Status Published in-print
DOI 10.1016/j.str.2019.09.001
URL link to publisher's version