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Keywords:

  • databases;
  • history of PDB;
  • nucleic acids;
  • policy relative to PDB;
  • proteins.

The Protein Data Bank began as a grassroots effort in 1971. It has grown from a small archive containing a dozen structures to a major international resource for structural biology containing more than 40000 entries. The interplay of science, technology and attitudes about data sharing have all played a role in the growth of this resource.