2007年12月17日月曜日

3-D Modeling tool (Part 2)

Out of various applications of the rapid prototyping system, Projection Modeler, is reportedly field-proven to play very important roles in a research and development field of new medicines.

Atomic coordinates being extracted from a pdb file (“pdb” stands for Protein Data Bank that is a repository for 3-D structural data of proteins and nucleic acid and that is internationally opened and public for anyone to access to), a 1.4 mm-radius ball is set in each atom position of a three-dimensional protein molecule structure while the ball size is magnified by 10-40 million times from the angstrom-size of the atom. The enlarged three-dimensional structure of the protein molecule is modeled by the above-mentioned Projection Modeler.

Observing and clearly recognizing the protein molecule structure from the model, a medicine research-and-developer can design and create a new molecule structure of medicine which to respond to the protein molecule structure.

This sounds great, doesn't it! The projection modeler not only gives us a fan but really contributes to the medical area.

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