During 1997 and at the beginning of 1998, the Commission on Biological Macromolecules was engaged in three activities.
The Sixth International Conference on Biophysics and Synchrotron Radiation (BSR 98) will be organized by K. Moffatt at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, near Chicago, USA, 4 - 8 August 1998. The Commission has recommended that the IUCr supports this conference.
The issue of protein data deposition is still being discussed. Some journals require atomic coordinates and structure amplitudes to be deposited, others do not. Authors may also request that data deposited with the Protein Data Bank at Brookhaven be withheld for one year. The Commission is anxious to ensure that all data of published protein and nucleic acid structures should be deposited, including both coordinates and structure factors. The conditions governing deposition and release are being formally reviewed, in consultation with the crystallographic community.
The next IUCr conference will be held in Glasgow, 1999. The Commission is investigating the possibility of holding a minisymposium on Hydration of Biological Macromolecules at this meeting.
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