Volume 94 Issue 17 | p. 2 | Letters
Issue Date: April 25, 2016

Re: virtual reality and chemistry

Department: Letters
Keywords: letters

Inspired by C&EN’s April 4 story on the potential uses of virtual reality (VR) in the central science (page 22), readers went online to discuss the possibilities.
cenm.ag/chemvr

I, for one, always dream about having the ability to dive into the ligand binding pocket, look around, and see what we can do to optimize the ligand-receptor interactions. I would think the availability of such technologies will really enable nonprofessional molecule modelers to get a much better feeling on visualizing modeling results and facilitate the drug design process. This, of course, will require concerted efforts from the modeling software developers to materialize. I cannot wait to put one on my head.

Wei Li via C&EN’s website

I had the chance to use VR to “see” a protein and walk through the atoms to get a closer look at different parts. I think it can be useful. But what I really missed was having special gloves that would let me “feel” the intermolecular forces. Now I think that would be useful.

Mark E. Casida via Facebook

Some don’t need VR; they can already do it in their heads ... and I’m wondering what the problem with an old-fashioned (ha!) computer screen is.

Andrew Benjamin Engelhart via Facebook

Someone else can have my VR goggles. When the day comes that I can’t visualize the molecules that I synthesize, I’ll know it’s time to retire.

Amy Bosserman Melhorn via Facebook

LOL! Sure beats those stupid balls and sticks we used in organic chemistry ... yes, I’m THAT old.

Barb Coffey Carwithen via ­Facebook

 
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Comments
Roderick D Borrero (Mon Jul 11 11:22:12 EDT 2016)
I think this is going to be a game changer technology. Imagine VR applied to education in schools and universities. Imagine a virtual meetings around a protein brain storming or analysing new ligands or group sustitution. Imagine now that you can be able to edit, touch and see the reaction right in front of your eyes using simulations and visualizing it in 3D VR. Definitively, I CANT WAIT for these applictions to happen
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