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Architecture of the yeast small subunit processome. Chaker-Margot M, Barandun J et al. Science. 2017 Jan 13;355(6321):aal1880.

Cryo-EM structures and atomic model of the HIV-1 strand transfer complex intasome. Passos DO, Li M et al. Science. 2017 Jan 6;355(6320):89-92.

A supramolecular assembly mediates lentiviral DNA integration. Ballandras-Colas A, Maskell DP et al. Science. 2017 Jan 6;355(6320):93-95.

Cryo-EM structure of the open high-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channel. Tao X, Hite RK, MacKinnon R. Nature. 2017 Jan 5;541(7635):46-51.

In situ structures of the genome and genome-delivery apparatus in a single-stranded RNA virus. Dai X, Li Z et al. Nature. 2017 Jan 5;541(7635):112-116.

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December 2, 2016

Chimera production release 1.11.2 is now available. This version has been updated to work with changes in NCBI Blast and to avoid crashes on Mac Sierra (see the release notes for details).

September 24, 2016

Production release candidate (version 1.11.2) is available, superseding 1.11.1. The new version has been updated to work with changes in NCBI Blast (see release notes). Please try it and report any problems.

August 27, 2016

A production release candidate (version 1.11.1) is now available. Please try it and report any problems. See the release notes for what's been fixed since 1.11. The 1.11 release series will be the last to support 32-bit builds.

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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, nonprofit, and personal use. Chimera is developed by the Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics (RBVI), funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS P41-GM103311).

UCSF ChimeraX (or simply ChimeraX) is the next-generation molecular visualization program from the RBVI, following UCSF Chimera.

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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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p53 Cancer Mutations

Mutations that inactivate the tumor suppressor p53 are found in over 50% of human cancers, and most of the cancer-associated mutations are within its DNA-binding domain. The image shows a tetramer of the p53 DNA-binding domain complexed with DNA (Protein Data Bank entry 2ac0). The tetramer subunits are shown as light blue, green, orange, and yellow ribbons, with red spheres marking several major "hot spots" of mutation. The DNA is shown in purple and blue. (More samples...)