In PDB entry 2hhb, the biological unit and the asymmetric unit are the same.
PDB ID: 2hhb
Fermi, G., Perutz, M. F., Shaanan, B., Fourme, R.: The crystal structure of human deoxyhaemoglobin at 1.74Å resolution. J Mol Biol (1984) 175: 159.
When crystallographic structures are deposited in the PDB, the primary coordinate file generally contains one asymmetric unit - a concept that has applicability only to crystallography, but is important to understanding the process in obtaining the functional biological molecule. An introduction to biological units in the PDB archive is now accessible at www.rcsb.org/pdb/biounit_tutorial.html. This useful guide:
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* Describes how the biological unit files in the PDB have been derived.
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