Molecular recognition using a binary genetic search algorithm.
Payne AW., Glen RC.
A genetic algorithm has been devised and applied to the problems of molecular similarity, pharmacophore elucidation, and determination of molecular conformation. The algorithm is based on a binary representation of molecular position and conformation. Using the genetic operators, crossover, mutation, and selection near optimum conformations and orientations of molecules may be determined which best-fit defined constraints. The constraints may be any useful function for example, intermolecular or intramolecular distances, electrostatic potential on a surface, or volume overlap. Problems with up to 30 degrees of freedom have been tackled successfully.