By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- Research findings on Applied Crystallography are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting originating from Clayton, Australia, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "In structural biology, management of a large number of Protein Data Bank (PDB) files and raw X-ray diffraction images often presents a major organizational problem. Existing software packages that manipulate these file types were not designed for these kinds of file-management tasks."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Monash University, "This is typically encountered when browsing through a folder of hundreds of X-ray images, with the aim of rapidly inspecting the diffraction quality of a data set. To solve this problem, a useful functionality of the Macintosh operating system (OSX) has been exploited that allows custom visualization plugins to be attached to certain file types. Software plugins have been developed for diffraction images and PDB files, which in many scenarios can save considerable time and effort."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The direct visualization of diffraction images and PDB structures in the file browser can be used to identify key files of interest simply by scrolling through a list of files."
For more information on this research see: Interactive visualization tools for the structural biologist. Journal of Applied Crystallography, 2013;46():1518-1520. Journal of Applied Crystallography can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; Journal of Applied Crystallography - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1600-5767)
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting B.T. Porebski, Monash University, Monash eRes Center, Clayton, Vic 3800, Australia. Additional authors for this research include B.K. Ho and A.M. Buckle.
Keywords for this news article include: Clayton, Software, Applied Crystallography, Australia and New Zealand
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