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Figure 1
(a) virusMED is an atlas of hotspots present in viral proteins that correspond to metal binding sites, epitopes and drugs/small molecules. It is searchable by virus (not shown) and type of hotspot (top panel). Results are presented in a tabular form that can be filtered (middle panel) and mapped onto the 3D structure, providing context and a detailed view of the hotspot. (b) Schematic loosely based on a DIKW hierarchy. virusMED provides a navigation tool tailored to molecular virology that consolidates curated data available in various databases. This atlas is likely to facilitate research for viral families with a high volume of data, where expert analysis is time-consuming (coronaviruses, HIV, influenza viruses etc.). The dotted lines indicate possible future developments that will further integrate the individual atlases and facilitate comparative analysis (e.g. overlapping drug and epitope hotspots shown in green).

Volume 8| Part 6| November 2021| Pages 857-859
ISSN: 2052-2525