The Hairy Protein: molecular simulation meets gaming graphics

Pitt Biology Professor Jacob Durrant's lab created this still image of a molecular dynamics simulation (MDS) based on a recent paper describing the Pyrite plugin, developed by the lab for simulations that employ rendering techniques from film and gaming. Durrant's team used Pitt CRC resources in creating a protein with bushy green hair as a dramatic way of demonstrating Pyrite’s ability to marry MDS with 3D gaming graphics. Please note: the Durrant lab is aware that proteins with green hair don’t actually exist. Nonetheless, the hairy protein made the cover of the December 2017 Journal of Computational Chemistry.

 

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