Featured structures

01 Dec 2019Captain America somatotropin PDB artwork Marvel's Captain America

December’s marvellous featured artwork in our 2019 PDBe calendar raises an apposite question surrounding the origins of greatness, drawing inspiration from the Human growth hormone somatotropin; molecules or morals. It’s surely not black and white, but is it ever red, white, and blue?

01 Nov 2019Intaglio print of conotoxin protein structures from the PDB Deadly toxins from the sea

Have you ever wondered what the most dangerous animal living in the sea is? The neurotoxin from one particularly dangerous creature became an inspiration for the November artwork in our 2019 calendar, but it’s probably not the creature you’re thinking of.

01 Oct 2019Myoglobin protein structure artwork inspired by Gregory Edwards It all started with myoglobin

It’s the 1950s; the cold war is at its height, rock and roll has swept the charts, and science is advancing greatly, leading to the determination of the 1st protein structures, one of which is featured on October of our 2019 calendar.

01 Sep 2019CRISPR inspired artwork Pygmalion 5x2g

The September image in our 2019 calendar is inspired by a molecular system that can edit DNA and the story of a statue coming to life.


01 Aug 2019Sketch of icosahedral virus Icosahedron Assembly

The image for August from our 2019 calendar features a recurring theme among the structures which inspire artists: the icosahedral virus. In this case, one which has the potential to devastate crop production worldwide.

01 Jul 2019Artwork dedpicting Alzheimer’s disease. Disruption of the Mind

The consequences of neurodegenerative diseases are predicted to be one of the largest socioeconomic challenges of the near future. Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying such diseases will be key to developing therapies. Our calendar image for July was inspired by the molecular structure one of the proteins implicated in Alzheimer’s disease.

01 Jun 2019Sketch of a bacteriophage with eyes and mouth Agents of Disease and Cure

Through the image for June in our 2019 calendar we would like to present you the most abundant creature in the world, which is not alive, nor even dead but is responsible for billions of (bacterial) deaths across millennia – the bacteriophage.

01 May 2019Dress made of green fluorescent protein Dressed to Fluoresce

The protein which inspired the image for May in our 2019 calendar has become a workhorse of molecular and cell biology as well as the subject, and medium, for a lot of art.

01 Apr 2019Artwork depicting foot and mouth virus - PDB entry 5aca Getting on the front foot

Our featured structure for April in our 2019 calendar is based around a beautiful image of a virus that causes devastation to the world’s livestock population.

01 Mar 2019artwork showing tree rings and auxin binding protein Growth

Soon, spring will be in the air again (at least here in the northern hemisphere) and plants are already getting ready for it. The image for March in our 2019 calendar is inspired by a protein that senses plant hormone signals to encourage growth.