More good news!
Our paper titled "Protein structure determination using metagenome sequence data" was released today in the journal Science. We would like to thank all Rosetta@Home participants who provided the computing required for this work. In the paper, we describe using predicted co-evolving contacts from metagenomics sequence data and Rosetta to accurately predict the structures for 622 protein families that are not represented in the PDB. Among these structures, over 100 were new folds. Since experimental protein structure determination is costly and often difficult, this study highlights the ability to use computational methods with metagenomics data for reliably structure determination. With the rapidly growing size of genomics data, the future in mapping the structure space of protein families looks bright! Thank you Rosetta@Home participants!
Here is an interesting perspective written by Johannes Söding about the paper and it's significance, "Big-data approaches to protein structure prediction".
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