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RasMol General Description

The above image is of ribonuclease with the atoms colored according to temperature factor value. This is done with one click in RasMol.

RasMol was written by Roger Sayle, BioMolecular Structures Group, Glaxo Research & Development, Greenford, Middlesex, UK. RasMol is a molecular graphics program intended for the visualisation of proteins, nucleic acids and small molecules. The program is aimed at display, teaching and generation of publication quality images.

RasMol displays on the NCD Xterm windows!

To get started, type:

setup rasmol


source /srv/local/setup/rasmol.set

Then type:


You will give line commands in the UNIX window and select options in the RasMol window.

Online documentation is available as a web page or an Adobe PDF, and a hard copy (v 2.6) is in the core area. There is also a RASMOL Home Page for version 2.7 and version 2.6

Please note - If you publish a figure using this program cite the following:

Roger Sayle and E. James Milner-White. "RasMol: Biomolecular graphics for all", Trends in Biochemical Sciences (TIBS), September 1995, Vol. 20, No. 9, p. 374. Herbert J. Bernstein, "Recent changes to RasMol, recombining the variants, Trends in Biochemical Sciences (TIBS), September 2000, Vol. 25, No. 9, pp. 453-455.

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