Volume 3, Issue 1; July 2001
Editor: Jonathan M Goodman
- New heads for the EBI
- Professor Janet
Thornton has been appointed to head the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) in Hinxton, UK.
She is keen to strengthen the area of "chemoinformatics" and the links
between the EBI and the pharmaceuticals industry.
She is looking for world class young bioinformaticists, who want to establish their
own groups to take forward computational biology in novel areas, in an institute which can provide
a superb environment with all the best links into new biological data.
- Closure of PubScience?
- A powerful congressional committee has passed a budget bill which, if enacted, could close down
PubScience, a free search service for the physical sciences literature, operated by the US Department
of Energy (DoE).
Opposition to PubScience was lead by SIIA
- Physical Properties Database
- from http://esc.syrres.com/ This on-line interactive demo retrieves data from our PhysProp database of 25,000 compounds.
- National Toxicology Program
- The National Toxicology Program (NTP) was established in 1978 by the Department of Health and
Human Services (DHHS) to coordinate toxicological testing programs within the Department,
strengthen the science base in toxicology; develop and validate improved testing methods; and
provide information about potentially toxic chemicals to health regulatory and research agencies, the
scientific and medical communities, and the public.
- Predictive Toxicology Evaluation Challenge
- Out of date, but fun. How well can toxicity be predicted?
Are the techniques good enough to be useful?
- Properties of Organic Compounds
- Properties of Organic Compounds is a database that contains over 29,000
common organic compounds, featuring physical data, spectral data
and structures. Avaiable for free - for the moment.
- Nucleic Acid Database
- The Nucleic Acid Database Project (NDB) assembles and distributes
structural information about nucleic acids. It is run from Rutgers
University in New Jersey.
- Failed Reactions Database
- Accelrys (formerly MSI, and other
companies) is making available a database of failed reactions. This potentially
useful information is usually lost, as it is rarely published or otherwise
- Innovative Journals
- A Registry of innovative E-journals
- Gene Ontology
- Could genes be named in a consistent way? Perhaps this is not
possible. The Gene Ontology Consortium is
producing a dynamic controlled vocabulary that can be
applied to all eukaryotes even as knowledge of gene
and protein roles in cells is accumulating and changing.
This should create a useful framework without requiring a rigid
- The National Technical Information Service is the U.S. Government's
central source for the distribution of scientific, technical, engineering, and
related business information. This information is produced by or for the U.S.
Government and complementary material from international sources.
- Electronic Lab Notebooks
- Can a paper lab note book be replaced by an electronic lab note book?
This company thinks the answer is yes.
- Gale Rhodes
- Gale Rhodes, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Southern Maine
has written web tutorials on crystallography and macromolecular graphics.
© 2001 J M Goodman, Cambridge