Current opinion in structural biology 2015 07 2434() 60-8 doi 10.1016/


The quality of macromolecular crystal structures depends, in part, on the quality and quantity of the data used to produce them. Here, we review recent shifts in our understanding of how to use data quality indicators to select a high resolution cutoff that leads to the best model, and of the potential to greatly increase data quality through the merging of multiple measurements from multiple passes of single crystals or from multiple crystals. Key factors supporting this shift are the introduction of more robust correlation coefficient based indicators of the precision of merged data sets as well as the recognition of the substantial useful information present in extensive amounts of data once considered too weak to be of value.