A major focus of the RBVI is the development of interactive computer graphics techniques. The powerful and affordable graphics processing units now available for desktop computers enable these methods to be accessed by any scientist. The RBVI develops and provides a number of software tools, most notably UCSF Chimera and its successor UCSF ChimeraX for molecular visualization and analysis, and several Cytoscape plugins, some of which link network visualization with 2D and 3D structure visualization. The RBVI also provides some of the web services accessed by Chimera (see below).
Several of the web services used by Chimera are hosted and maintained by the RBVI, including BLAST Protein sequence search, Modeller comparative modeling, and multiple sequence alignment with Clustal Omega or MUSCLE.
Certain password-protected web services are also available:
Education and Outreach
- PC-204 – Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
- BMI-219 – Scientific Software Development
- RBVI Lab Meetings
- RBVI Holiday Card Gallery
- Technology Notes
- Security and Communications Policies
- Scheduled Downtime for preventive maintenance or system upgrades
- Visualization Vault with virtual reality setup, high-definition stereo projector and synchronized shutter glasses
- Sequence Analysis & Consulting Service (SACS)
- Pharmacogenetics of Membrane Transporters Database
- Structure-Function Linkage Database: a highly curated database of enzyme sequence-structure-function relationships
- local copies of the Protein Data Bank structural database and a variety of sequence databases
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