Tables for
Volume B
Reciprocal space
Edited by U. Shmueli

International Tables for Crystallography (2010). Vol. B, ch. 2.3, p. 275   | 1 | 2 |

Section 2.3.9. Conclusions

L. Tong,c* M. G. Rossmanna and E. Arnoldb

aDepartment of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA,bCABM & Rutgers University, 679 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854–5638, USA, and cDepartment of Biological Sciences, Columbia University, New York 10027, USA
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2.3.9. Conclusions

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Complete interpretation of Patterson maps is no longer used frequently in structure analysis, although most determinations of heavy-atom positions of isomorphous pairs are based on Patterson analyses. Incorporation of the Patterson concept is crucial in many sophisticated techniques essential for the solution of complex problems, particularly in the application to biological macromolecular structures. Patterson techniques provide important physical insights in a link between real- and reciprocal-space formulation of crystal structures and diffraction data.

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