PDB Education and Art Projects

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Protein Data Bank (PDB) is not only a worldwide structural database but also an incredible resourceful educational toolkit. On the website is available the aforementioned Molecule of the Month, as well as:

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Molecule of the Month by David S. Goodsell

Is structural biology beautiful? If you contemplate the thousands of biological molecular structures deposited in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) – the world’s largest archive of protein, DNA, and RNA structures – you immediately become aware of the intricacy and beauty of these structures. However, they are not displayed in the PDB as pieces of art in an online museum – these structures provide valuable clues about the functions or sites that might serve as drug targets and help researchers worldwide to solve many difficult scientific questions.

On the other hand, there are real pieces of art located in the PDB. Among them, there is the Molecule of the month series, created by David S. Goodsell. Each chapter includes an introduction to the function and structure of the molecule, an analysis of the relevance of the molecule to human health, and suggestions for how visitors can access further details and view these structures, which is perfect for educational purposes.

Some examples of the molecules illustrated by David S. Goodsell since 2010 for the Protein Data Bank (PDB) ‘s feature “Molecule of the Month”.

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