Compound Index

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has linked its freely available PubChem database of small molecule data with the Compound Index on Elsevier MDL's DiscoveryGate platform. 'Now, researchers can immediately tell if information related to a specific chemical compound exists in the other system,' explained Steve Bryant, director of the PubChem project. 'From DiscoveryGate, links connect researchers directly to the relevant information from PubChem. Likewise, researchers using PubChem can link to additional information in DiscoveryGate [appropriate licences required for accessing DiscoveryGate data sources]. This integrated information provision improves the scientific community's ability to rapidly conduct thorough research.' DiscoveryGate provides access to integrated scientific content from databases, journal articles, patent publications and reference works, from information providers including Elsevier, Thomson-Derwent, FIZ CHEMIE, the US FDA, Prous Science and Thieme. With the addition of 5 million chemical structures from the PubChem database, the MDL Compound Index (the master list of substances included in DiscoveryGate data sources) now exceeds 14 million unique chemical structures.

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