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Number 17 Spring 2003 Published quarterly by the Protein Data Bank

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April 1, 2003

20,533 Released atomic coordinate entries

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  • 18,492 proteins, peptides, and viruses
  • 1,168 nucleic acids
  • 855 protein/nucleic acid complexes
  • 18 carbohydrates

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  • 17,386 diffraction and other
  • 9,147 structure factor files
  • 3,147 NMR
  • 1,511 NMR restraint files


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