Happy Birthday, PDB!
The PDB was announced on October 20, 1971 in Crystallography: Protein Data Bank Nature New Biology 233: 223 (1971) doi: 10.1038/newbio233223b0.
Today, the PDB archive contains ~200,000 structures of proteins, nucleic acids, and complex assemblies that helps students and researchers understand all aspects of biomedicine and agriculture, from protein synthesis to health and disease. It is managed by the Worldwide PDB (wwPDB) organization that ensures that the PDB is freely and publicly available to the global community.
In 2021, wwPDB and RCSB PDB celebrated the 50th anniversary of the PDB archive with symposia, resources, and more. Visit https://wwpdb.org/pdb50 and https://rcsb.org/pdb50 to revisit the celebrations. An overview of PDB and RCSB PDB History is also available.
The PDB community of users includes biologists (in fields such as structural biology, biochemistry, genetics, pharmacology); other scientists (in fields such as bioinformatics, software developers for data analysis and visualization); students and educators (all levels); media writers, illustrators, textbook authors; and the general public.
RCSB PDB thanks all of our users for helping build and support the PDB archive.
Meet some of these community members in 50 Years of Community Building at RCSB.org.