String Search of the Complete PDB (fwd)

Dr Alan Mills (
Thu, 18 Apr 1996 13:40:05 +0100 (BST)

== This service may be of interest and value to some PPS people.

BTW Phil Bourne was a consultant on the first run of the course.


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Date: Wed, 17 Apr 1996 22:41:03 -0400
From: Philip Bourne <bourne@SDSC.EDU>
To: Multiple recipients of list <>
Subject: String Search of the Complete PDB

A real-time keyword search of the PDB has been added to the macromolecular
structure database located at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC).
It can be accessed by selecting "text" followed by "General Keyword
Search" from the home page of

Unlike the more scientifically meaningful Web based queries this is a
brute force approach to finding a structure of interest simply by
searching all the words ahead of the ATOM records in all PDB files found
on the SDSC PDB mirror. A list of structure entries containing the
keyword(s) will be returned and can be selected. Like the
database itself this is updated nightly from the PDB ftp archives.

The keyword search uses the Harvest Gatherer and Broker developed at the
University of Colorado.

/Phil Bourne