Wellcome Supports Effort To Crowdsource Review of Chemical Probes

Nature Chemical Biology has published a Commentary on its website about chemical probes.  These are important tools in biochemical research for their ability to explore the function of proteins in broader contexts.  The commentary notes the increased utility of these probes and how their use has increased over the last few years.

But there are problems.  These chemicals are difficult to produce in high quality, and lower quality probes lead to poor results.  To try and mitigate those problems, the commentary authors have developed a crowdsourced resources for information on high-quality chemical probes and how to use them (H/T ScienceInsider).  Online at http://www.chemicalprobes.org/, the site is supported by The Wellcome Trust, and endorsed by The Broad Institute, The Institute for Cancer Research, and the Structural Genomics Consortium.

The site provides information, and can connect interested parties with the experts behind the website.  This includes suggesting new chemicals for inclusion on the site.  While there is not yet an online submission process, those using the feedback mechanism on the site can make suggestions to the reviewers.

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