is a molecular modeling and visualization program developed by the Molecular Graphics Laboratory of the University of California, San Francisco. It is a powerful, interactive graphical program for viewing, manipulating, and analyzing molecular structures and related data. Chimera was designed for the visualization and analysis of large macromolecular assemblies, such as those found in proteins, viruses, and other large molecules.
UCSF Chimera provides a user-friendly platform for visualizing, manipulating, and analyzing molecular structures and associated data.
provides an unprecedented level of interactivity and ease of use to molecular visualization and analysis. It offers a number of features that allow users to quickly and easily view, manipulate, and analyze molecular structures and related data:
• Visualization: Chimera provides interactive graphics, animation, and stereoscopic viewing of molecular structures. Users can easily manipulate and visualize molecular structures in 3D and use a variety of tools to explore and analyze them.
• Molecular Mechanics and Dynamics: Chimera offers a variety of tools for performing molecular mechanics and dynamics calculations. These tools allow users to perform energy minimization and molecular dynamics simulations on their structures, as well as to calculate and analyze electrostatic potentials and other physical properties of molecules.
• Molecular Modeling: Chimera offers a range of tools for creating, editing, and analyzing molecular structures. These tools allow users to build and refine their models, as well as to compare them to experimental data.
• Structure Comparison and Analysis: Chimera provides a variety of tools for comparing and analyzing molecular structures, such as sequence and structure alignment tools, structure superposition, and structure comparison.
• Molecular Visualization and Rendering: Chimera offers a range of tools for creating and rendering high-quality images and movies of molecular structures. These tools allow users to visualize their models in a variety of ways, including isosurfaces, cartoons, and ribbon diagrams.
• Scripting and Automation: Chimera offers a range of tools for automating complex tasks and creating custom scripts. These tools allow users to create scripts that can be used to automate tasks such as energy minimization, molecular dynamics simulations, structure comparison, and molecular visualization.
• Interactive Graphical User Interface: Chimera provides an interactive graphical user interface that makes it easy to use the various tools and features of the program. The interactive graphical user interface allows users to easily access the tools and features of the program, as well as to customize the interface to suit their needs.
• Platform Independent: Chimera is a platform independent program, meaning it can be used on any operating system. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.