RESOURCES: An Organic Solution

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Science  21 May 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5674, pp. 1087
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5674.1087b

The Organic Chemistry Portal is a growing online reference created by industry chemist Reto Müller of Liestal, Switzerland. You'll find background data on some 100,000 compounds, including the Parkinson's disease drug L-dopa. Search the chemicals database to unearth information such as density and boiling-point measurements, safety precautions, infrared spectra, and 3D structures. Trawl recent abstracts from eight organic chemistry journals, including Molecules and Tetrahedron, or browse the site's summaries of new synthesis schemes from the literature. Müller hopes that chemists will contribute more of these synopses.

Free tools help you predict nuclear magnetic resonance shifts for a particular molecule or determine whether a drug is likely to cause side effects. Müller is gradually translating more features from the original German-language version.

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