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Open Access Commentary

Chemistry in Bioinformatics

Peter Murray-Rust1, John BO Mitchell1 and Henry S Rzepa2*

  • * Corresponding author: Henry S Rzepa rzepa@ic.ac.uk

  • † Equal contributors

Author Affiliations

1 Unilever Centre for Molecular Science Informatics, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge. CB2 1EW, UK.

2 Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London, SW7 2AY, UK.

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BMC Bioinformatics 2005, 6:141  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-6-141

Published: 7 June 2005

Abstract

Chemical information is now seen as critical for most areas of life sciences. But unlike Bioinformatics, where data is openly available and freely re-usable, most chemical information is closed and cannot be re-distributed without permission. This has led to a failure to adopt modern informatics and software techniques and therefore paucity of chemistry in bioinformatics. New technology, however, offers the hope of making chemical data (compounds and properties) free during the authoring process. We argue that the technology is already available; we require a collective agreement to enhance publication protocols.