Abstract

Abstract In silico methods have contributed greatly to our understanding of the molecular world. PyMOL, an open-source 3D molecular visualization software, produces high quality images and videos of proteins. Here, we discuss a plugin called ProMOL that augments PyMOL’s capabilities by adding a way to decipher unknown proteins using template-based structural alignment. Software is constantly updated to meet the demands of users. ProMOL fell behind in this regard and required a major overhaul in its code to work with older and newer versions of PyMOL. This included multiple API updates, Python language migration, and code optimizations. The result of the overhaul produced two versions of ProMOL. ProMOL 5.5 is a working version used with PyMOL 1.8 and ProMOL 6.0 partially works with PyMOL 2.4. Outdated software stymies scientific progress and innovation. The right tools in the right hands can lead to phenomenal discoveries.

Publication Date

7-30-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Graduate

Degree Name

Bioinformatics (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences (COS)

Advisor

Paul A. Craig

Advisor/Committee Member

Gary Skuse

Advisor/Committee Member

Joe Geigel

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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