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This server was tested as SAM_T08_server in the CASP8 experiment. Preliminary results indicate that it is a good primary server, but that metaservers combining results from several primary servers are likely to produce somewhat better results.
This server finds similar protein sequences in NR and aligns them, providing sequence logos that show relative conservation of different positions. Local structure predictions are done with neural nets for several different local structure alphabets, and hidden Markov models are created. Fold recognition and alignment to proteins in the Protein Data Bank are done, and a full three-dimensional model is constructed. Look carefully at the E-values for the best hits, as full 3D models are constructed even when the E-values are high (and the resulting models are not then not trustworthy).
This server has evolved over the years under the direction of Kevin Karplus. Major contributors to the web design include Alex Williams, Rachel Karchin, Spencer Tu, and Christian Barrett.
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