Video interview with Matthew Bowler on structural biology and the EOSC
We interviewed Matthew Bowler, EMBL beamline scientist at the ESRF-EMBL automated Beamline MASSIF-1, on the value of the EOSC for the research community in the field of structural biology.
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Bowler has been collaborating with the ESRF for the planning and construction of a fully automated beamline for macromolecular crystallography, which looks at 3D structures of biological molecules. In such work, one of the main challenges to be addressed is the development of new methods and algorithms for automatic data collection.
“Having open and accessible data would give a huge boost to structural biology” – Bowler stated. It would help validating results, as well as improving data processing and data collection strategies. He continued: “We really need test data to make a difference so that we can improve things. […] All communities would benefit from it, and structural biology in particular, especially with the revolution in electron microscopy that has been developing in the last 5 years”.