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Celebrating 50 Years of the PDB

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Celebrating 20 Years of the wwPDB Partnership

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  • Develop and promote community-endorsed data standards for archiving and exchange of global structural biology data.
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News & Announcements

09/12/2023

PDB will run out of 3-character CCD IDs before the end of 2023. Afterwards, PDB entries with novel ligands will not be distributed in the legacy PDB file format.

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08/16/2023

Meet wwPDB members from around the globe at the International Union of Crystallography meeting in Melbourne, Australia and receive a special gift.

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07/25/2023

In October 2023, wwPDB will roll out updated CCD data files with additional annotation and standardized atom naming of peptide residues.

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