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Modeling

Virtual-reality molecules bend, flex, and wiggle

Multiuser molecular simulation allows up to six chemists to manipulate structures in real time

by Kerri Jansen
July 30, 2018

Credit: Helen M. Deeks and Matthew Sutton in collaboration with Interactive Scientific/Sci. Adv./C&EN

A virtual-reality system developed by researchers at the University of Bristol enables chemists to interact with flexible, three-dimensional molecular models (Sci. Adv. 2018, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat2731). The system combines consumer virtual-reality hardware with cloud-based molecular simulations so that up to six chemists can manipulate molecules as though they are tangible objects. The researchers say they hope the system will help scientists working on drug development, synthetic biology, and catalyst design.

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John Bowers (August 1, 2018 3:45 PM)
As a 56 y.o. failed chemist, haven't worked in an official capacity since '94 - BS '85 The City College, CUNY - MIND OFICIALLY BLOWN! Of course, it could be because I'd been listening to Tomita's Bermuda Triangle album. Nah!

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