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Virtual libraries

The ‘Big Bang’ of the chemical universe

Modern drug discovery relies upon intelligent exploration of ‘in stock’ and ‘on demand’ virtual libraries of compounds. A comparative analysis highlights the explosive expansion of accessible chemical space and also reveals challenges and opportunities arising for computational drug discovery.

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Fig. 1: Expansion trajectory for the ZINC library.


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