[Chimera-users] Gorgon EM modeling / visualization software
goddard at sonic.net
Mon Sep 27 16:59:35 PDT 2010
I found in Keren Lasker's book chapter a reference to an EM modeling
program called Gorgon from Washington University at St Louis. It was
developed in collaboration with NCMI (Wah) and seems to be aimed at
modeling high resolution EM maps where protein backbones can be traced.
It is embarrassing that I didn't know about this, and also that they
didn't leverage Chimera. I guess Chimera code was deemed too complex to
reuse so they wrote their own molecule/map display and editor. Ugh.
This Gorgon software is a relative of the pipeline for EM modeling that
Keren describes in her book chapter, only it is really the NCMI pipeline
-- focused on how to model 4 Angstrom EM maps.
I think this would be a good case study to investigate why they
didn't make use of Chimera extensibility or Chimera code modules.
Another recent case of massive reimplementing computer graphics
capabilities is a fitting package called UROX from Jorge Navaza's lab.
It would be interesting to survey new molecular and EM graphics
packages, talk to the authors, and see what we could have done to make
Chimera more attractive to them as a development platform or code base.
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