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An exhibition of stunning artwork by students inspired by structures in the Protein Data Bank in Europe (PDBe) will be launched today (Friday, October 1).

Hundreds of pupils from schools including The Perse and The Leys in Cambridge, Saffron Walden County High and Thomas Gainsborough in Sudbury created pieces for the online art show, which will be accessible to all following the launch event, which begins at 5pm.

Miranda Fordhaam, a Year 12 student at The Leys, created this artwork based on the lysozyme
Miranda Fordhaam, a Year 12 student at The Leys, created this artwork based on the lysozyme

The PDB Art project aims to make science understandable, creative and enjoyable for schoolchildren, by combining art and molecular biology.

The PDBe is a global repository of macromolecular structure models. It provides tools, services and resources that make the wealth of data available more easily accessible to the biomedical community.

Deepti Gupta, PDBe scientific database curator at EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute, based on the Wellcome Genome Campus, said: “The PDB Art exhibition is an annual event and it’s fantastic to see it grow and develop every year. This year the event will be virtual which makes it even easier for more schools to get involved all around the world.”

Year 9 Perse student Ava Birmingham's haemoglobin artwork, which will be among those on display in the online PDB Art project
Year 9 Perse student Ava Birmingham's haemoglobin artwork, which will be among those on display in the online PDB Art project

Among those taking part further afield are students from Viewbank College in Melbourne, Australia.

Onisha Patel, structural biologist at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, said: “I wanted to get both staff and students from the Viewbank College involved in the PDB Art exhibition because it seemed like a really fun way to get the students thinking about what are the molecules that make up the living world and what do they look like. The PDB Art exhibition is a fantastic way to demonstrate these concepts.”

To register for the launch, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pdb-art-exhibition-ebi-tickets-169245278183.

Look out for special coverage from the exhibition in the Cambridge Independent, out from Wednesday.

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