UNIT 5.4 Representing Structural Information with RasMol

  1. David S. Goodsell

Published Online: 1 OCT 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0471250953.bi0504s11

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

How to Cite

Goodsell, D. S. 2005. Representing Structural Information with RasMol. Current Protocols in Bioinformatics. 11:5.4:5.4.1–5.4.23.

Author Information

  1. The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 OCT 2005
  2. Published Print: SEP 2005


This unit describes the use of RasMol, a popular interactive molecular graphics program, for the display of biomolecular structures. The unit begins with a general guide to obtaining molecular coordinates from the Protein Data Bank and displaying them with RasMol, and then describes several molecular representations that are useful for different applications, along with methods for ensuring that one is viewing the appropriate biological unit and some ideas for customizing one's molecular graphics session.


  • Molecular graphics;
  • RasMol;
  • visualization;
  • protein structure