News of the WeekCRYSTALLOGRAPHY

Transfer of Protein Data Bank Sparks Concern

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Science  11 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5383, pp. 1584-1585
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5383.1584b

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has decided to shift the contract for managing the Protein Data Bank (PDB), a catalog of molecular images and structural data, from Brookhaven National Laboratory to Rutgers University. As news of the decision--agreed to by PDB's other sponsors, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy--filtered out last week, crystallographers began asking why NSF is tinkering with a system that is working well, and some want the decision reviewed.