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The PDB was announced on October 20, 1971 in Crystallography: Protein Data Bank Nature New Biology 233: 223 (1971) doi: 10.1038/newbio233223b0.

The October 2021 Molecule of the Month looked at highlights over the PDBThe October 2021 Molecule of the Month looked at highlights over the PDB's first five decades. Left: By the end of the 1970s, structures were available in the PDB archive for proteins, nucleic acids, and polysaccharides. Hemoglobin (red), tRNA (blue), and agarose (green) shown top; in the 1980s, the structure of tomato bushy stunt virus showed how 180 copies of a single type of protein could assemble into a spherical capsid with icosahedral symmetry (bottom). Center: The structure of bacteriorhodopsin was determined using electron crystallography from arrays of the protein in membranes (top, 1990s); Two structures are combined to give a view of an entire bacterial ribosome (bottom, 2000s). Right: CryoEM structure of portions of a bacterial flagellar motor (2010s).

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