Newsletter | Winter 2017 Number 72

Published quarterly by the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank

Message from RCSB PDB

2016 Milestones

On January 1, 2017, the PDB archive contained 125,463 experimentally-determined 3D structures of proteins, nucleic acids, and complex assemblies that help students and researchers understand all aspects of biomedicine and agriculture, from protein synthesis to health and disease. PDB data were downloaded from wwPDB FTP and websites >591 million times last year, with website resources at visited each month by an average of 347,436 unique visitors, with >1 million unique visitors accessing the site annually from around the world.

2016 was the year of many RCSB PDB and wwPDB milestones and events, including:

In celebration of the new year, RCSB PDB has published a 2017 calendar highlighting the work of Irving Geis (1908-1997), a gifted artist who helped illuminate the field of structural biology with his iconic images of DNA, hemoglobin, and other important macromolecules.

Through a collaboration with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), which owns the Geis Archives, RCSB PDB has established a digital archive of Geis' molecular art. This resource displays many of Geis' illustrations in the context of the corresponding PDB structures and related molecular information. Through this archive, these images are available for download for noncommercial usage.  This calendar was created by Raheel Ahmad (Rutgers), Pamela Amechi (University of Maryland Baltimore Country), and Keyerra Daniels (Winthrop University) as part of a summer internship with RCSB PDB.

Download the calendar as a PDF or access these images and more from PDB-101's Geis Digital Archive.