The first few months of the year 2000 have proven to be busy ones for the PDB Team. We have had anniversaries (our first year of data processing), rolled out new features (searching and reporting enhancements), and released the first groups of data from the uniformity project (citation, R factor, and resolution).
An independent measure of the success was the inclusion of the PDB Web site in the 50 most influential and important biotechnology sites of 1999. The Top 50 list of biotechnology sites, published in the December issue of Genetic Engineering News, is compiled annually by Dr. Kevin Ahern in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The PDB's Molecule of the Month feature was also included as Science's "NetWatch Hot Pick" (vol 287, no 5460). The PDB site has also been quite active, consistently receiving more than one hit per second and more than one query per minute.
During the next few months, the PDB will be preparing for exhibition booths at the American Crystallographic Association's Annual Meeting (St. Paul MN, July 22-27) and the Fourteenth Symposium of the Protein Society (San Diego, CA, August 5-9). We hope to see many of you at these events. Details will be given, as with all other PDB news, on the PDB home page.
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