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Dynamic RNA acetylation revealed by quantitative cross-evolutionary mapping. Sas-Chen A, Thomas JM et al. Nature. 2020 Jul 23;583(7817):638-643.

Structure of a nascent membrane protein as it folds on the BAM complex. Tomasek D, Rawson S et al. Nature. 2020 Jul 16;583(7816):473-478.

Molecular architecture of the human 17S U2 snRNP. Zhang Z, Will CL et al. Nature. 2020 Jul 9;583(7815):310-313.

Protein Structure Modeling from Cryo-EM Map Using MAINMAST and MAINMAST-GUI Plugin. Terashi G, Zha Y, Kihara D. Methods Mol Biol. 2020 Jul 4;2165:317-336.

Structural insight into mitochondrial β-barrel outer membrane protein biogenesis. Diederichs KA, Ni X et al. Nat Commun. 2020 Jul 3;11(1):3290.

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November 13, 2019

Chimera production release 1.14 is now available. See the release notes for what's new.

September 21, 2019

A production release candidate (version 1.14) is available; please try it and report any problems. See the release notes for what's new.

November 17, 2018

Chimera production release 1.13.1 is now available; see the release notes for what's new. The Mac version requires OS 10.10 or later.

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UCSF Chimera is a program for the interactive visualization and analysis of molecular structures and related data, including density maps, trajectories, and sequence alignments. High-quality images and animations can be generated. Chimera includes complete documentation and is free of charge for academic, government, nonprofit, and personal use. Chimera development was supported by the National Institutes of Health (P41-GM103311).

UCSF ChimeraX is the next-generation molecular visualization program from the RBVI, following UCSF Chimera. We encourage Chimera users to try ChimeraX for much better performance with large structures, as well as other major advantages. ChimeraX replaces a significant subset of Chimera features, includes several completely new features, and is under active development. Users may certainly choose to use both programs, and it is fine to have both installed.

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Thermal Ellipsoids

Anisotropic B-factors can be shown as ellipsoids, with ellipsoid axes and radii representing the eigenvectors and eigenvalues of the atomic mean-square displacement matrix. Anisotropic B-factors are read from the input coordinate file (for example, from ANISOU records in a PDB file) and can be displayed with the tool Thermal Ellipsoids or the command aniso. The figure shows ellipsoids scaled to enclose 50% probability for the heme and nearby atoms from PDB entry 1a6m.

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Sliced Potassium Channel

Potassium channel (Protein Data Bank entry 1bl8) on a dark slate blue background with potassium ions shown in firebrick. The channel is comprised of four chains. Each chain has been rainbow-colored from blue at the N-terminus to red at the C-terminus, but only the surface of the channel is shown. The surface has been sliced with a per-model clipping plane. The surface cap color is plum except with opacity set to 0.8. The shininess and brightness have been set to 128 and 8, respectively, and the lights on the scene have been moved from their default positions. The subdivision quality (related to the smoothness of the spherical ions) is 5.0, and the molecular surface was computed with probe radius and vertex density set to 1.0 and 6.0, respectively. (More samples...)

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