Thursday, April 17, 2008

Cell Article on Open Drug Discovery

Seema Singh wrote a review "India Takes an Open Source Approach to Drug Discovery" which just appeared in Cell: Volume 133, Issue 2, 18 April 2008, Pages 201-203. (The doi doesn't work yet but try this link in the meantime). You'll need a subscription to view it, an increasingly familiar irony of much of the Open Science discussion these days.

UsefulChem and our collaborators got a nice mention:
A related initiative is UsefulChem (, set up by Drexel University chemist Jean-Claude Bradley. Bradley has pioneered Open Notebook Science in which lab notebooks and raw research data are posted on the web for anyone to see and respond to ( As for success, Bradley says, “Probably the best example of a positive outcome from UsefulChem is finding two compounds that are somewhat active against malaria [in vitro],” blocking the activity of falcipain-2, a Plasmodium falciparum cysteine protease. “This demonstrates that a team of researchers can work together in the open—Rajarshi Guha from Indiana University did the docking calculations, my group at Drexel did the syntheses and Phil Rosenthal's group at UCSF did the testing.”

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At 10:06 AM, Blogger K.R.Srinivas said...

My paper on Open Source Drug Discovery can be downloaded from

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