DATABASE: Molecular Who's Who

Science  28 Nov 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5650, pp. 1483
DOI: 10.1126/science.302.5650.1483a

Can't remember which carbon bonds to the sulfur atom in the amino acid cysteine? Need to know whether any clinical trials are testing retinoic acid's effectiveness against cancer? Click on ChemIDplus, a database from the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. The site profiles nearly 370,000 compounds and provides structure diagrams for more than 180,000. To learn more about research on a particular molecule and its health and environmental effects, follow the links to databases such as PubMed, the Haz-Map listing of occupational exposures, and ClinicalTrials.gov. If you don't know the molecule's name, you can search by drawing its structure on an interactive sketchpad.

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