Database Searches Made Conversational
With the SciFinder Substructure Module from Chemical Abstracts Service, Columbus, Ohio,
researchers can simultaneously access chemical information in research journals and patents
using chemical substructures. Scientists can explore more than 14 million abstracts and 17
million chemical substances by making their reference requests in conversational language.
Other programs involve learning complex DOS-like commands, but SciFinder requires no
Pharmaceutical companies performing drug design research can now search the database for
compounds that have certain properties linked to their molecular structures. SciFinder allows
researchers to monitor new literature on current subjects and notifies them about timely
developments in patent opportunities and environmental issues.
The SciFinder Substructure Module was designed by Randall Cain, Kirk Schwall, and John
1998 R&D 100 AWARDS WINNERS