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Snapshot: October 1, 2018
144,682 Released atomic coordinate entries
Molecule Type
134,223 Proteins, peptides, and viruses
3,257 Nucleic acids
7,170 Protein/nucleic acid complexes
32 Other
Experimental Technique
129,493 X-ray
12,374 NMR
2,423 Electron Microscopy
267 Hybrid
125 Other
Related Experimental Data Files
119,352 Structure factors
9,713 NMR restraints
3,465 Chemical shifts
2,478 3DEM map files