TOOLS: Medicine Cabinet

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Science  08 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5557, pp. 935
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5557.935d

At this handy site from the Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Science, you can call up, study, and manipulate 3D structures of several hundred drugs, from over-the-counter staples such as aspirin (right) to the antipsychotic zotepine. After downloading a free plug-in, you can display each compound as a wire frame, stick, ball-and-stick, or space-filling model. A click of the mouse rotates the image, changes the color scheme to highlight atoms or functional groups, or adds refinements such as shadows and labels.

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