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Structure and dynamics of the CGRP receptor in apo and peptide-bound forms. Josephs TM, Belousoff MJ et al. Science. 2021 Apr 9;372(6538):eabf7258.

Structure of TFIIK for phosphorylation of CTD of RNA polymerase II. van Eeuwen T, Li T et al. Sci Adv. 2021 Apr 7;7(15):eabd4420.

Oncohistone mutations enhance chromatin remodeling and alter cell fates. Bagert JD, Mitchener MM et al. Nat Chem Biol. 2021 Apr;17(4):403-411.

The effect of spike mutations on SARS-CoV-2 neutralization. Rees-Spear C, Muir L et al. Cell Rep. 2021 Mar 23;34(12):108890.

eIF2B conformation and assembly state regulate the integrated stress response. Schoof M, Boone M et al. eLife. 2021 Mar 10;10:e65703.

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December 18, 2020

Chimera production release 1.15 is now available. See the release notes for what's new.

December 11, 2020

The RBVI wishes you a safe and happy holiday season! See our 2020 card and the gallery of previous cards back to 1985.

November 4, 2020

A 1.15 production release candidate is available, including a fix to work with the new PDB fetch locations (see the release notes). Please try it and report any problems.

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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. It is available free of charge for noncommercial use. Commercial users, please see Chimera commercial licensing.

We encourage Chimera users to try ChimeraX for much better performance with large structures, as well as other major advantages and completely new features. ChimeraX includes a significant subset of Chimera features (with more to come, see the missing features list) and is under active development. Users may choose to use both programs, and it is fine to have both installed.

Chimera is no longer under active development, and is only updated for critical maintenance. Chimera development was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (P41-GM103311) that ended in 2018.

Feature Highlight

volume plane topography


Values in a plane of volume data can be shown as heights normal to the plane (a topographic map). When a single plane is displayed with Volume Viewer, the command topography will plot the values as heights in a surface.

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Gallery Sample

Peroxiredoxin Wreath

Peroxiredoxins are enzymes that help cells cope with stressors such as high levels of reactive oxygen species. The image shows a decameric peroxiredoxin from human red blood cells (Protein Data Bank entry 1qmv), styled as a holiday wreath.

See also the RBVI holiday card gallery.

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