E. Mortiz (Germany) and J. Meyer (USA)
Virtual Reality, Macromolecular Structures, CAVE, Scientiﬁc Visualization
The rapid growth in publicly available macromolecular
data sets has created the need for improved distribution
and visual representation of biological data. Since
the function of a molecule is directly related to its
three-dimensional (3D) structure, techniques for inves
tigating molecular structure, function and interaction
are essential for microbiologists and drug designers in
This prototype study explores the possibilities and
potentials of surround-screen projection-based virtual
reality environments for interactive visualization of
multiple molecular models.
MolScript, a program for textbook-quality imaging,
was enhanced with CAVETM
-functionality to facilitate
stereoscopic real-time rendering for displaying and
manipulating realistic 3D structural models of macro
molecular data (ﬁg. 1).
An intuitive and natural user interface was added to
enable exploration and side-by-side comparison as well
as superimposition of scientiﬁcally meaningful and
visually appealing visualizations.