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A guide to the visual analysis and communication of biomolecular structural data. Johnson GT, Hertig S. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2014 Oct;15(10):690-8.

Crystal structure of the CRISPR RNA-guided surveillance complex from Escherichia coli. Jackson RN, Golden SM et al. Science. 2014 Sep 19;345(6203):1473-9.

Molecular architecture and mechanism of the anaphase-promoting complex. Chang L, Zhang Z et al. Nature. 2014 Sep 18;513(7518):388-93.

Spatial localization of the Ebola virus glycoprotein mucin-like domain determined by cryo-electron tomography. Tran EE, Simmons JA et al. J Virol. 2014 Sep 15;88(18):10958-62.

Conserved mechanisms of microtubule-stimulated ADP release, ATP binding, and force generation in transport kinesins. Atherton J, Farabella I et al. eLife. 2014 Sep 10;3:e03680.

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August 15, 2014

We are delighted to announce the publication of a new book, Computational and Visualization Techniques for Structural Bioinformatics Using Chimera, written by Forbes J. Burkowski (University of Waterloo).

May 13, 2014

Chimera production release 1.9 is now available. See the release notes for new features since the 1.8 release series.

April 23, 2014

A production release candidate (version 1.9) is now available; please try it and report any problems. See the release notes for changes relative to the previous release.

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UCSF Chimera is a highly extensible program for interactive visualization and analysis of molecular structures and related data, including density maps, supramolecular assemblies, sequence alignments, docking results, trajectories, and conformational ensembles. High-quality images and animations can be generated. Chimera includes complete documentation and several tutorials, and can be downloaded free of charge for academic, government, non-profit, and personal use. Chimera is developed by the Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS P41-GM103311).

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density display

Density Display

Electron density maps can be read from local files or fetched from databases. Chimera's Volume Viewer allows adjusting contour levels interactively, showing multiple isosurfaces for a given map, and restricting display to a zone around selected atoms. The figure shows PDB entry 2fma and its electron density map. Settings are similar to those described in the Density Display tutorial. See also: Chimera volume display guide

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This image of a clathrin cage uses flat shading and edge highlighting. It is a copy of a PDB molecule of the month image made by Graham Johnson and Dave Goodsell. David Goodsell pioneered this visualization style. This image was made with the Multiscale tool, silhouette edging, and surface lighting turned off.

Protein Data Bank model 1xi4.

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