The unassailable value of cheminformatics

The overall field of computational chemistry/chemical information/computer assisted drug design can be divided up and categorised in any number of different ways, but one partitioning that seems particularly helpful to me is:

  1. using software to attempt to do real science
  2. using software as a glorified book-keeping toolset

The first category – real science – includes various kinds of efforts to model real systems, identify leads, predict properties, calculate binding affinity, etc. The second category – book-keeping – includes graphical presentation, data warehousing and relatively mundane operations, such as searching, performed on a large scale. Continue reading