Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Drugs from Natural Compounds

Congratulations to Julio Ng (front) and Nuno Bandeira (back), the UC San Diego researchers and co-lead authors on a Nature Methods paper describing computational and experimental advances that enable researchers to quickly and inexpensively determine whether natural compounds collected in oceans and forests are new -- or if these pharmaceutically promising compounds have already been described and are therefore not patentable.

The UC San Diego web-based tools for sequencing nonribosomal peptides (at no cost to researchers at nonprofit organizations) are available at:

This research appeared this week on a number of media outlets, including:

Scientific American (story by Brendan Borrell)

Genetic Engineering News

Natural Products Industry Insider

Genome Web Daily News