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Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2015 Apr;31:84-8. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2015 Apr 17.

Bringing macromolecular machinery to life using 3D animation.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Utah, United States. Electronic address:


Over the past decade, there has been a rapid rise in the use of three-dimensional (3D) animation to depict molecular and cellular processes. Much of the growth in molecular animation has been in the educational arena, but increasingly, 3D animation software is finding its way into research laboratories. In this review, I will discuss a number of ways in which 3d animation software can play a valuable role in visualizing and communicating macromolecular structures and dynamics. I will also consider the challenges of using animation tools within the research sphere.

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