Chapter 1.4 Perspectives for the future

Crystallography of biological macromolecules

First Online Edition (2006)

Part 1. Introduction

  1. E. Arnold1,
  2. M. G. Rossmann2

Published Online: 1 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1107/97809553602060000657

International Tables for Crystallography

International Tables for Crystallography

How to Cite

Arnold, E. and Rossmann, M. G. 2006. Perspectives for the future. International Tables for Crystallography. F:1:1.4:26–43.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Biomolecular Crystallography Laboratory, CABM & Rutgers University, 679 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854-5638, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1392, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2006


Crystallography has played an important role in helping to advance science and the human endeavour in the twentieth century. This chapter describes what we can expect to see in the future of science and technology in general, and looks at how crystallography might change in the future.


  • high-intensity synchrotron sources;
  • medicine and crystallography;
  • molecular biology;
  • molecular replacement;
  • phase problem;
  • recombinant proteins;
  • structural genomics;
  • structure-based drug design;
  • vaccines