DATABASICS: Looking at small molecules
Researchers at the Broad Institute
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Researchers at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT recently announced the release of ChemBank 2.0, an upgrade of the Internet-based publicly available repository of chem- and bioinformatic data about biologically relevant small molecules. At present, it contains more than 16 million measurements about over 700,000 small molecules.
"By connecting many aspects of biology and medicine with many drug candidates, ChemBank helps the drug-hunting community become more than the sum of its parts," said Dr. Stuart Schreiber, director of the Initiative for Chemical Genetics (ICG), the platform behind ChemBank's release. "ChemBank is essentially a matrix linking many different small molecules with many states of cells—from healthy to diseased."