Merry Wang is a senior research scientist in the Office of the CTO. Today's blog post was authored by Merry.
Our Autodesk Life Sciences team is developing a cloud-enabled platform for the new generation of protein engineering, integrating DNA design, molecular visualization, and simulation. This platform of tools allows scientists worldwide to design and create molecules that are embedded in the fabric of your everyday lives, way more than you think. Not only are they for medicine and therapeutics, these molecules also take form as foaming agents in your hand wash or shampoo, scents in your perfume, rubber in your car tires, and even baking enzymes for gluten-free bread.
The platform’s core 3D visualization element, known as the Molecule Viewer, was recently featured in Nature Methods, a journal of biochemical research methods.
You can read the article to learn about what Autodesk has been doing to improve the accessibility of 3D molecular visualization and immersive molecular VR experiences. You can also experience it for yourself:
While you’re at it, you may also want to check out the American Chemical Society (ACS) Synthetic Biology publication about the genetic design component of the Autodesk platform, Genetic Constructor, to learn about our novel approach to designing DNA!
Autodesk has always been an automation company, and today more than ever that means helping people make more things, better things, with less; more and better in terms of increasing efficiency, performance, quality, and innovation; less in terms of time, resources, and negative impacts (e.g., social, environmental). Automating things created via molecules is also in our wheelhouse.
Molecules are alive in the lab.