DATABASE: Go for a Spin

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Science  19 May 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5776, pp. 977
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5776.977b

Looking for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy data for ubiquitin, a cellular tag for worn-out molecules? You can find NMR results for ubiquitin and more than 3700 other molecules at the Biological Magnetic Resonance Data Bank from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. NMR spectroscopy gauges the nuclear spins of atoms such as carbon and hydrogen, allowing researchers to deduce molecular structures and identify compounds in chemical mixtures. The information in the database comes from the literature and researcher contributions. A new section on metabolomics houses data on small molecules that cells manufacture, such as amino acids and sugars.

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