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Dialog Partners with InfoChem for Structure Searching

Dialog, a business of The Thomson Corp., said that it has partnered with InfoChem GmbH to provide users of the Dialog service with chemical structure searching of more than 10 million chemical compounds in these databases: Beilstein Facts (File 390), Derwent Chemistry Resource (File 355), Prous Drug Data Report (File 452), and Pharmaprojects (Files 128, 928).

The new chemical structure searching feature is powered by the InfoChem Cartridge, a tool developed by InfoChem to integrate chemical structure and reaction retrieval in relational database management systems. The application uses the InfoChem Fast Search Engine (ICFSE) to handle and search within millions of structures and reactions.

Through its alliance with InfoChem, Dialog also is offering substructure highlighting, which will allow users to easily analyze and refine their search results. (An example of substructure highlighting is available at

The chemical structure search functionality was released earlier this year as part of the new and enhanced features available through DialogLink 5 ( Researchers using DialogLink 5 can search by chemical structure in multiple databases simultaneously.

Source: Dialog

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