As highlighted on its cover, the July-August 2002 issue of the
American Scientist contains an article that explores the history of
protein structure determination and the PDB. "Protein Structures: From
Famine to Feast" also reports how structural genomics initiatives will
populate the PDB with many unique structures in the future. The
illustrations were created by David S. Goodsell, author and
illustrator of the PDB's Molecule of the Month feature and Molecular
Protein Structures: From Famine to Feast. Helen M. Berman, David S. Goodsell and Philip E. Bourne. American Scientist (2002) 90:4, pp. 350 - 359.
The recent special issue of Acta Crystallographica B/D on crystallographic databases features two PDB
articles. "The Protein Data Bank" introduces and describes the goals of the PDB, the systems in place for data
deposition and access, and plans for the future development of the resource. "Protein structure resources"
describes and classifies the web-accessible resources derived from data in the
PDB. These include resources for protein structure and functional
classification, as well as links to primary genomic information,
protein-protein interactions, protein dynamics, and protein-modeling
The Protein Data Bank. H.M. Berman, T. Battistuz, T.N. Bhat,
W.F. Bluhm, P.E. Bourne, K. Burkhardt, Z. Feng, G.L. Gilliland,
L. Iype, S. Jain, P. Fagan, J. Marvin, D. Padilla, V. Ravichandran,
B. Schneider, N. Thanki, H. Weissig, J.D. Westbrook and C. Zardecki.
Acta Cryst. (2002). D58, pp. 899-907.
Protein structure resources. H. Weissig and P.E. Bourne. Acta
Cryst. (2002). D58, pp. 908-915.
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