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01 Jul 2018 Typhoid Mary and the Indestructible Bacterium

01 Jun 2018Artwork featuring dengue virus in bright colours Dengue Virus: A Trojan Horse of the Molecular World

The image for June in our 2018 calendar depicts the Dengue Virus (DENV). This virus is responsible for dengue fever, a disease found in low-income populations within tropical areas within Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

01 May 2018May featured structure artwork - actin-myosin filaments Stop motion: The muscular system

01 Apr 2018PDBe calendar image for April 2018. Zika virus as monomer and full viral capsid. Viruses: Engineering on the nanoscale

The image for April in our 2018 calendar depicts a single Zika virus protein in addition to the full Zika virus capsid. In this feature we discuss the transition between these two structures and demonstrate the beautiful simplicity of virus assembly.

13 Mar 2018Robot next to protein dimer Gin, with a twist

01 Mar 2018PDBe calendar image for March 2018. Bacterial pilus with PilT motor protein complex. A powerful little motor

The image for March in our 2018 calendar shows a pathogenic bacterium, the structures that enable it to interact with the environment, and the powerful molecular motor that drives those structures.

01 Feb 2018Poliovirus in intaglio print Polio- A resolution to eradicate

The near-eradication of poliomyelitis is one of the great success stories of modern medicine. The image in our 2018 calendar for February shows the virus which causes it, and highlights one of the amazing developments in modern structural biology.

01 Jan 2018HIV glycoprotein art HIV Glycoprotein

It is estimated that around 37 million people are living with an HIV infection. The molecule on the surface of HIV that recognises host cells and enables the virus to get inside them is depicted in our calendar image for January.

01 Dec 2017Cytochrome P450 shown on the opening flower of the cinchona tree Quinine: Barking up the right tree

The final image in our 2017 calendar shows an important enzyme along with the plant that produces one of its best known substrates. You might drink some if you have a Christmas G&T.

01 Nov 2017Ribosomes in action Making Protein

The human genome codes for 20-25,000 proteins. The lab workhorse bacterium, E.coli, codes for around 2,300. Every single one of those proteins is produced by the huge molecular machine shown on our 2017 calendar image for November.

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