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In 2021, wwPDB celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the PDB with symposia, materials, and more.
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
Vol 18, Issue 5, May 2021
Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
Vol 28, Issue 5, May 2021
Collection: PDB 50th Anniversary: celebrating the future of structural biology
Vol 20, Issue 3, March 2021
The Journal of Biochemistry
Vol 171, Issue 1, January 2022