UNIT 14.1 Introduction to Cheminformatics

  1. David S. Wishart

Published Online: 1 JUN 2007

DOI: 10.1002/0471250953.bi1401s18

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

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Wishart, D. S. 2007. Introduction to Cheminformatics. Current Protocols in Bioinformatics. 18:14.1:14.1.1–14.1.9.

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  1. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

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  1. Published Online: 1 JUN 2007
  2. Published Print: JUN 2007

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Cheminformatics is a relatively new field of information technology that focuses on the collection, storage, analysis, and manipulation of chemical data. The chemical data of interest typically includes information on small molecule formulas, structures, properties, spectra, and activities (biological or industrial). Cheminformatics originally emerged as a vehicle to help the drug discovery and development process, however cheminformatics now plays an increasingly important role in many areas of biology, chemistry, and biochemistry. The intent of this unit is to give readers some introduction into the field of cheminformatics and to show how cheminformatics not only shares many similarities with the field of bioinformatics, but that it can also enhance much of what is currently done in bioinformatics.


  • Cheminformatics;
  • bioinformatics;
  • chemical genomics;
  • drug;
  • chemical