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Record-Breaking Year for CAS Registrations: 1 Million-Plus

Magazine article Information Today

Record-Breaking Year for CAS Registrations: 1 Million-Plus

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Continued breakthroughs in computerized gene research and drug development are flooding an important scientific information resource, according to Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS). In 995, for the first time in the 30-year history of the CAS Chemical Registry System, CAS has identified and recorded more than 1 million new substances in a single year.

More than one-third of the record-breaking number of registrations handled this year resulted from human genome research, while another third came from published work about stereochemistry and chiral drugs. CAS has traditionally recorded information for known chemical substances.

"The number of chemicals registered by our scientists this year is nearly 50 percent higher than in 1994 said James E. Lohr, CAS director of editorial operations. "Part of that growth is attributed to the general increase in literature and patents, but many new registrations have resulted from the growth in biotechnology and genome research."

CAS identifies substances drawn from the latest chemistry-related literature and patents summarized and indexed in Chemical Abstracts (CA), a comprehensive reference work for chemical information. …

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