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February 20, 2011

Molecules app lets you view 3-D renderings — and manipulate them with your fingers


For iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.


Columbia University virologist Vincent Racaniello said,


"You can show colleagues the structure of a protein


wherever you want, such as over lunch."


Pretty slick.


Free, the way we like it.


February 20, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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I was just commenting on this to just yesterday...trying to understand the Krebs Cycle, I pulled up a few molecules and was looking at them to see how they fit together in 3D space.

Even nicer is that you can pick what model you want...I just wish there was a way to click on the atom and figure out what it is without having to go back to the chemical formula...

Posted by: clifyt | Feb 20, 2011 3:22:33 PM

My mother worked for the Protein Data Bank for many years. This data used to be distributed on giant magnetic tapes that had to be mailed out to researchers. When she started, it was an advance to be able to get a static rendering of a molecule in just 3 days of computer time (if you traveled to the computer that was powerful enough to do it). Now a phone can instantly produce a 3d rendering that you can manipulate. It's astonishing.

Posted by: Michael | Feb 20, 2011 1:44:20 PM

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