DATABASES: Fat Finders

Science  26 May 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5777, pp. 1113
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5777.1113b

They tantalize our palates, jam our arteries, and hold our cells together. They are the lipids, the chemical family that includes fats, oils, steroids, and related compounds. Biochemists and other scientists can dig up data on the heavyweight molecules at this pair of sites. Lipid Metabolites and Pathways Strategy* comes from a U.S. consortium that aims to identify all the lipids in one cell type and measure their quantities. Along with a catalog of more than 7600 lipids, the site features lab protocols, research results from consortium members, and a database of proteins that interact with lipids. Lipid Bank, from the International Medical Center of Japan and the Japan Science and Technology Agency, houses data contributed by researchers on more than 6000 molecules. The pages offer a rich mix of information, from ultraviolet and infrared spectrometry results to synthesis recipes.

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