Real-time color graphics in studies of molecular interactions

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Science  13 Feb 1981:
Vol. 211, Issue 4483, pp. 661-666
DOI: 10.1126/science.7455704


Studies of the structures and interactions of large biological molecules require both coordinate data and three-dimensional visualization. Orthodox molecular models often bear a tenuous relationship to the coordinate data. In contrast, computer graphics requires that the display directly and accurately represent the data, and storage of modified configurations and recovery of original structures are simple. Software has been developed that allows real-time display of color line and surface displays of several interacting molecules, while quantitatively monitoring the stereochemistry.