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January Molecule of the Month

RCSB PDB Molecule of the Month
Plastic-eating Enzymes

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PDB Reaches a New Milestone: 200,000+ Entries

PDB Reaches a New Milestone: 200,000+ Entries

With this week’s update, the PDB contains more than 200,000 entries

Time-stamped Copies of PDB and EMDB Archives

Time-stamped Copies of PDB and EMDB Archives

A snapshot of the PDB Core archive (ftp://ftp.wwpdb.org) as of January 2, 2023 has been added to ftp://snapshots.wwpdb.org, https://s3snapshots.rcsb.org (AWS), and ftp://snapshots.pdbj.org.

Find Similarly-Shaped Structures with Advanced Search

Find Similarly-Shaped Structures with Advanced Search

Enter a PDB ID or a URL address in the Structure Similarity option to find proteins with similar protein shapes

Explore Multiple Sequence Alignments in 1D and 3D

Explore Multiple Sequence Alignments in 1D and 3D

Select proteins and/or residue regions to view multiple 3D structures aligned in Mol*

Ligand Expo: Scheduled downtime and request for feedback

Ligand Expo: Scheduled downtime and request for feedback

Ligand Expo will be down in January 2022. Please take this survey to help us understand which features are used the most.

Deprecation of FTP File Download Protocol in the PDB Archive

Deprecation of FTP File Download Protocol in the PDB Archive

wwPDB plans to deprecate FTP download protocol on November 1st 2024

Register Now for Virtual Crash Course: Using KBase to access PDB Structures and CSMs

Register Now for Virtual Crash Course: Using KBase to access PDB Structures and CSMs

Learn about the protein structure-related tools, visualizations, and workflows that have been integrated into KBase on Thursday November 10, 2022

Remembering John Westbrook on the Anniversary of His Passing

Remembering John Westbrook on the Anniversary of His Passing

John D. Westbrook Jr. (1957-2021) was incredibly beloved and respected by his colleagues at Rutgers and throughout the world, known for his dry wit and endless enthusiasm for thinking about all aspects of data and data management.

Undergrads/Grads: Apply to the Molecule of the Month Boot Camp (January 2023)

Undergrads/Grads: Apply to the Molecule of the Month Boot Camp (January 2023)

Limited spaces available for the Science Communication in Biology and Medicine Virtual Boot Camp: January 9-13, 2023. Applications due October 31, 2022.

Improved EM validation with Q-score

Improved EM validation with Q-score

wwPDB validation of EM structures for which there is both a model and an EM volume will include the Q-score metric


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Molecule of the Month

Plastic-eating Enzymes

Plastic-eating Enzymes

Researchers are looking to Nature to find ways to dispose of discarded plastic.

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Quarterly News (see archive)

Fall 2023 newslettery

Issue 96 - Winter 2023

This issue highlights the 1D-3D Group Alignment Viewer; New Video: How Neurons Communicate; and more. Winter 2023 Issue

Annual Reports

2021 Annual Report

Download the 2021 Annual Report (PDF) for an overview of recent RCSB PDB activities, publications, and a look back at celebrating 50 years of the PDB archive.

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