Features for January 2010

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Drug discovery in the era of Facebook—new tools for scientific networking

This article is involved with the impact that social networking is beginning to make on drug discovery process. While bioinformaticsand chemoinformatics underpin research at a scientific level, rapid communication between individual researchers across continents now allows the global exchange of ideas, tools and technologies.Networking at this level of speed and reach is quite a recent phenomenon. It facilitates the developmentof common interests, accelerates technology transfer and increases cooperative and competitive behaviour. The article critically evaluates different web-based networking approaches as effectivere sources for the drug discovery scientist.