The RCSB PDB "Molecule of the Month": Inspiring a Molecular View of Biology

PLoS Biol. 2015 May 5;13(5):e1002140. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002140. eCollection 2015 May.


The Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) Molecule of the Month series provides a curated introduction to the 3-D biomolecular structures available in the Protein Data Bank archive and the tools that are available at the RCSB website for accessing and exploring them. A variety of educational materials, such as articles, videos, posters, hands-on activities, lesson plans, and curricula, build on this series for use in a variety of educational settings as a general introduction to key topics, such as enzyme action, protein synthesis, and viruses. The series and associated educational materials are freely available at

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Databases as Topic*
  • Molecular Biology / education*
  • Molecular Structure*

Grant support

The authors were supported by the National Science Foundation ( DBI-1338415. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.