NC State Database Gains a Great Deal of Information

North Carolina State University is well-known for its thorough toxicology database.  However, recently, they have added a great deal to their database, potentially changing pharmaceutical research tremendously, taking it to a level far beyond  what it has ever known.

Daniel Bednarik The database itself, called the Comparative Toxicogenomics Database, has built up a great deal of information surrounding the health impacts-detrimental ones, more often than not- of chemicals that are found in the environment, such as arsenic.  They have continuously been working on building up this stash of useful information, but with the help of Pfizer, Inc., the largest research-based pharmaceutical company in the world, the Database was able to add a great deal more to their collection of information- namely, the side effects that come with a drug that are unintended.

The group who works at the lab have read and encoded over 88,000 documents and research papers about drugs to be incorporated into the database.  With the help of this information from Pfizer, researchers can now utilize the database to not only ascertain important information, but also see links to the side effects they may have.

Allan Peter Davis, the leader of the database has also noted that the database can indicate gene interaction, which plays a powerful role in the creation of medicines that are tailored to the individual and their specific illness.  It will be great to see how this helps with the progression of drug development and treating individuals in the future.