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Trends Biotechnol. 2000 Jan;18(1):34-9.

From genes to protein structure and function: novel applications of computational approaches in the genomic era.

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Danforth Plant Science Center, Laboratory of Computational Genomics, St Louis, MO 63108, USA.


The genome-sequencing projects are providing a detailed 'parts list' of life. A key to comprehending this list is understanding the function of each gene and each protein at various levels. Sequence-based methods for function prediction are inadequate because of the multifunctional nature of proteins. However, just knowing the structure of the protein is also insufficient for prediction of multiple functional sites. Structural descriptors for protein functional sites are crucial for unlocking the secrets in both the sequence and structural-genomics projects.

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