DATABASE: A Web for Crystals

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Science  20 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5589, pp. 1963
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5589.1963c

Chemists and computer scientists at Indiana University, Bloomington, are weaving the Reciprocal Net, a network that will allow crystallographers to share data. Researchers will be able to download chemical viewing software and contribute their results to a “distributed database” that other users can search. A prototype of the site is working now and holds data on 184 molecules, including chlorophyll. Students can use the pilot site's tools to visualize the molecules in different ways, such as stick diagrams and 3D models. The network's creators envision launching the finished site next June and linking with dozens of crystallography labs over the next 2 years.

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