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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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October 23, 2014

A production release candidate (v1.10) is available; please try it and report any problems. 64-bit builds are now recommended for all capable platforms, and v1.10 will be the last to support OS X 10.6 and 10.7. See the release notes for what's new.

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.

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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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Nucleotides

Special representations of DNA and RNA can be displayed with the Nucleotides tool or the command nucleotides. Different levels of abstraction are available. The figure shows a ribbon backbone combined with the following sidechain (sugar/base) options:

  • ladder rungs
  • filled-ring atomic representations
  • "lollipops" in which bases are shown as ellipsoids and sugars as tubes
Bases can also be displayed as boxes or elliptical tubes, with or without bumps to indicate orientation. The colors of the special representations will update automatically to match the corresponding atoms.

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Annotated Green Fluorescent Protein

BILD format was used in Chimera to annotate the barrel structure of green fluorescent protein with its centroid, major axis (red arrow), and an enclosing cylinder (shown with green hoops). The BILD file green.bild was generated with the python program green.py using the coordinates in green.pdb. Gallery entry courtesy of Mike Ess, Yeast Resource Center, University of Washington. (More samples...)