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Sigma-Aldrich Partners with Sunset Molecular to Expand Gene Search Tool

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sigma-Aldrich said today that it has partnered with Sunset Molecular Discovery to expand data in Sigma’s gene-based search tool, Your Favorite Gene.

Sigma said in a statement that the collaboration with Sunset increases the tool’s data on the functional relationship between bioactive small molecules and genes, and enables researchers to quickly and easily identify Sigma products that are associated with their genes of interest.

Sunset Molecular hosts the chemistry-biology interaction databases WOMBAT and WOMBAT-PK, which contain target and bioactivity data.

David Smoller, President of Sigma-Aldrich's Research Biotech business unit, noted in a statement that the new annotations include more than 3,900 total interactions between bioactive small molecules and their cognate proteins.

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