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Evolutionary Algorithms in Molecular Design

David E. Clark (Editor), Raimund Mannhold (Series Editor), Hugo Kubinyi (Series Editor), Hendrik Timmerman (Series Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-61317-5
288 pages
November 2008
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When trying to find new methods and problem-solving strategies for their research, scientists often turn to nature for inspiration. An excellent example of this is the application of Darwin's Theory of Evolution, particularly the notion of the 'survival of the fittest', in computer programs designed to search for optimal solutions to many kinds of problems. These 'evolutionary algorithms' start from a population of possible solutions to a given problem and, by applying evolutionary principles, evolve successive generations with improved characteristics until an optimal, or near-optimal, solution is obtained.

This book highlights the versatility of evolutionary algorithms in areas of relevance to molecular design with a particular focus on drug design. The authors, all of whom are experts in their field, discuss the application of these computational methods to a wide range of research problems including conformational analysis, chemometrics and quantitative structure-activity relationships, de novo molecular design, chemical structure handling, combinatorial library design, and the study of protein folding. In addition, the use of evolutionary algorithms in the determination of structures by X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy is also covered.

These state-of-the-art reviews, together with a discussion of new techniques and future developments in the field, make this book a truly valuable and highly up-to-date resource for anyone engaged in the application or development of computer-assisted methods in scientific research.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to Evolutionary Algorithms
Small-molecule Geometry Optimization and Conformational Search
Protein-Ligand Docking
De Novo Molecular Design
Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships
Chemical Structure Handling
Molecular Diversity Analysis and Combinatorial Library Design
Evolutionary Algorithms in Crystallographic Applications
Structure Determination by NMR Spectroscopy
Protein Folding
New Techniques and Future Directions
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"As any good book should, this one starts the mind working and asking questions" (Chromatographia, November 2001)
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