The challenge

Making complex protein data more accessible

Proteins are the building blocks of life, but they are complex structures made up of thousands of molecules. Researchers need a way to visualise the exact ways in which proteins fit together so that they can better understand the functions they play in our bodies.

Our response

Aquaria: a protein visualisation tool

We have created a new web-based tool named Aquaria that can create unprecedented 3D representations of protein structures.

Indepth atomic-scale 3D structural information can now be visualised using Aquaria.

Aquaria uses data from the Protein Data Bank, an online resource which houses more than 100,000 structures of proteins that contains a wealth of detail about the molecular processes of life. The tool allows additional layers of information (like genetic differences) to be added to the basic protein structure and makes this complex data accessible in a fast, easy-to-use interface that’s visualised in a fully 3D environment.

The results

Streamlined protein science

Freely and publicly accessible, Aquaria can help scientists like ecologists, nutritionists and agriculture, biosecurity and medical researchers to streamline their discovery process and gain new insight into protein structures.

Aquaria was developed in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich, and is hosted with the support of a grant from Amazon Web Services.

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