Structural Genomics


Structural genomics is a new field that aims at the large‐scale determination of thousands of carefully selected protein structures. This endeavour will lead to a broad inventory of the protein structures found in nature, many of which will be of biomedical interest. Recent advances in experimental and computational technology, together with the wealth of protein sequence information provided by genome sequencing efforts, have made this formidable task possible.

Keywords: structure; X‐ray crystallography; protein family; protein fold; homology modelling

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Structural genomics makes use of genetic information to obtain a broad inventory of three‐dimensional protein structures. This will improve our understanding of basic biological processes and lead to medical advances.



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Norvell, John, Li, Jiayin, Saltsman, Kirstie, and Berg, Jeremy(Jan 2006) Structural Genomics. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0004104]