Chapter 66

Linear Algebra in Biomolecular Modeling

Zhijun Wu

Iowa State University

66.1 Introduction

Biomolecular modeling is an active research area in computational biology. It studies the structures and functions of biomolecules by using computer modeling and simulation [Sch03]. Proteins are an important class of biomolecules. They are encoded in genes and produced in cells through genetic translation. Proteins are life supporting (or sometimes, destructing) ingredients (Figure 66.1) and are indispensable for almost all biological processes [Boy99]. In order to understand the diverse biological functions of proteins, the knowledge of the three-dimensional structures of proteins is essential. Several structure determination techniques have ...

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