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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Milestone for Protein Data Bank

The OA Protein Data Bank has reached the milestone of archiving 50,000 molecular structures.  More detail in Wednesday's press release from Rutgers University:

The Protein Data Bank (PDB) based at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) this month reached a significant milestone in its 37-year history. The 50,000th molecule structure was released into its archive, joining other structures vital to pharmacology, bioinformatics and education....

[T]he PDB is the single worldwide repository for the three-dimensional structures of large molecules and nucleic acids. This freely available online library allows biological researchers and students to study, store and share molecular information on a global scale.

Officially founded in 1971 with seven structures at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the archive is managed by a consortium called the worldwide Protein Data Bank (wwPDB).

Today, the PDB archive receives approximately 25 new experimentally determined structures from scientists each day - and more than 5 million files are downloaded from the PDB archive every month....

'Advances in science and technology have helped the archive grow by leaps and bounds in the last 10 years,' said Helen M. Berman, director of the RCSB PDB and Rutgers Board of Governors professor of chemistry and chemical biology, noting that the size of the PDB has doubled in just the last three and a half years....