NEW YORK, March 1 - Bioinformatics company Metaphorics has struck a  research collaboration with drug-discovery firm Syrrx designed to improve computational tools for docking ligand molecule structures into protein binding sites.

The companies said on Thursday that the collaboration seeks to create new software that might help scientists better predict "the potential complementarity" between ligands and proteins.

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