Although biology is generally associated with carbon chemistry, most of the chemical elements from hydrogen to bismuth bear potential in drug design. Given the enormous variety and range in reactivity of inorganic compounds, the application of inorganic chemistry in improving human health opens new vistas in the field of research, and bioinorganic chemistry plays an increasingly important role in modern medicinal chemistry.
Inorganic compounds have been applied in medicine for thousands of years. However, serendipity has played a major role throughout time. In modern rational drug design and development it is of utmost importance to understand the reaction mechanism of the inorganic compounds, including the identification of the target centers. And, indeed, research in this area is now slowly gaining momentum.
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