Leading the Way in Life Science Technologies

GEN Exclusives

More »

Best of the Web

More »
Dec 01, 2013 (Vol. 33, No. 21)

Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD)

  • Expansive database, many ways to search
  • Cluttered site design

The Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (phew—say that ten times fast) exists to “illuminate how chemicals affect human health.” It does so by collecting information from the scientific literature that describes links between chemicals, genes and proteins, and human diseases. One may be surprised to find that this database includes all types of chemicals, not just those that are typically perceived as “toxic.” (For instance, one will find naturally occurring chemicals like glucose and fructose in this database.) Users can browse the database by chemicals, diseases, or genes; alternatively, one can search for cross-species chemical-gene interactions, browse genetic pathways, or browse genes by organism. The website design is a bit busy, so it may be difficult to get one’s bearings; however, the site provides a number of example queries to help orient visitors.

  • Key:
  • Strong Points
  • Weak Points
  • Ratings:
  • Excellent
  • Very Good
  • Good

*The opinions expressed are solely those of the author(s) and should not be construed as reflecting the viewpoints of the publisher, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., the publishing house, or employees and affiliates thereof.


GEN Jobs powered by HireLifeScience.com connects you directly to employers in pharma, biotech, and the life sciences. View 40 to 50 fresh job postings daily or search for employment opportunities including those in R&D, clinical research, QA/QC, biomanufacturing, and regulatory affairs.
More »

Be sure to take the GEN Poll

What Does Brexit Mean for Biotech?

Do you agree with the contention that Brexit will NOT have a long-term negative impact on the British biotech industry?

More »