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How a Partnership Between Brazil Researchers and CAS Preserved Biodiversity Data

Home to approximately 20% of all species on the planet, Brazil offers enormous potential in the search for bioactive compounds used in drug discovery, medicine, cosmetics, and nutrition. Yet, this rich biodiversity is underexplored due to the lack of organized information. This led to a partnership between CAS and researchers at the State University of Sao Pãulo to build an accessible data collection with more than 54,000 substances.

Urbanization is putting many endangered species in Brazil at further risk. This prompted scientists to pursue an effective data curation system. They developed the NuBBE Database to compile existing data on natural elements in the country. However, a fire consumed the National Museum of Rio De Janeiro, which destroyed numerous research samples. CAS assisted the scientific community in Brazil by helping manage natural bioactive compounds to make them permanently accessible for future research. Learn how CAS-curated data systems allowed researchers to:

  • Build new hypotheses for underdeveloped research.
  • Easily sift through thousands of entries for bioactive substances.
  • Accelerate areas of research, such as metabolomics.


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