Chapter 17.2 Molecular graphics and animation

Crystallography of biological macromolecules

Second Online Edition (2012)

Part 17. Model building and computer graphics

  1. A. J. Olson

Published Online: 14 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1107/97809553602060000854

International Tables for Crystallography

International Tables for Crystallography

How to Cite

Olson, A. J. 2012. Molecular graphics and animation. International Tables for Crystallography. F:17:17.2:448–458.

Author Information

  1. The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 APR 2012


The use of molecular graphics and animation for the visualization of biological macromolecules is described. The topics covered include: the evolution of molecular graphics hardware and software; the representation and visualization of molecular data and models; and presentation graphics.


  • animation;
  • displaying information;
  • displaying structures;
  • molecular graphics;
  • representation of information;
  • representation of structures;
  • structure representation;
  • visualization of information