The substance identification database, known as the CAS Registry, is a result of this careful process. The Registry is available electronically for a fee to industry through SciFinder, to universities through SciFinder Scholar, and around the world on the Internet through STN (Scientific & Technical Network). Through these various forms, the CAS Registry is used globally by chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies, as well as by colleges, universities, and patent offices. The computer-based publication technologies that underpin the Registry were developed in the 1960s. From 1965 through 1975, ACS received three National Science Foundation grants for technology development on what became the CAS Registry.
by SUSAN R. MORRISSEY, C&EN WASHINGTON |
June 13, 2005