Vortex scripts to access ChEMBL
ChEMBL is a manually curated chemical database of bioactive molecules . It is maintained by the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), based at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK. The database currently contains over 1.4 million unique structures with the associated activity at 10,579 different targets. It also acts as a repository for Open Access primary screening and medicinal chemistry data directed at neglected diseases.
Whilst the database can be downloaded, the data can also be accessed via a web interface (shown below) and a series of web services, these Vortex scripts show how it is possible to pull data from ChEMBL into Vortex.
As usual I’ve written it as a tutorial to try and offer some explanation how the script works, Scripting Vortex 23:- Accessing ChEMBL using Web Services
I think this rather nicely shows the power of web services and json.
There is a list of other Vortex scripts on the Hints and Tutorials page