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Celebrating 50 Years of the Protein Data Bank Archive


In 1971, the structural biology community established the single worldwide archive for macromolecular structure data–the Protein Data Bank (PDB). From its inception, the PDB has embraced a culture of open access, leading to its widespread use by the research community. PDB data are used by hundreds of data resources and millions of users exploring fundamental biology, energy, and biomedicine.

In 2021, RCSB PDB and the wwPDB celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the PDB with symposia, materials, and more.




Journal Collections



How the PDB changed biology

Issue contains reviews that celebrates scientific areas profoundly touched by the creation of the PDB


The PDB in JBC

Collection of Journal of Biological Chemistry publications that highlights some seminal PDB structures