What are Research Chemicals?
Research Chemicals (RC’s) are chemicals used in scientific research by scientists, chemists, pharmacologists, medical students, chemistry students, toxicologists and many other professionals within the scientific community. Some research chemicals have been called designer drugs because they are compounds that have been synthetically synthesised for a specific pharmacological purpose. Research chemicals are often chemical analogues of already studied pharmacological compounds and medicines, however, they can also be derivatives of current drugs.
Research chemicals fall under different laws depending on the country. Some countries have strict analogue acts governing the possession and sale of certain analogues of illegal controlled substances. Research chemicals are never intended for human consumption or any form of in vivo (in a living organism) research, as they have not been legally approved for this. Research chemicals are used for testing in vitro (artificial environment outside of a living organism), commonly for their binding properties to receptors. Many scientists use research chemicals for competitive binding assays and sometimes as analytical reagents for chemistry. Many research chemical samples can be used as simple reference tests for GC/MS, HPLC, NMR and FTIR libraries. The structural similarity to known medically profiled substances, means that we can predict some of their biological properties and assign appropriate tissue types to assay their receptor binding activity. Some research chemicals can also be used for simple chemical reagent testing in a non biological context, by analysing their chemical reactions to any chosen stimulus.
Research chemicals are most commonly bought by scientific research/teaching institutions such as Universities and private chemistry and bio-medical laboratories. However, any person can buy research chemicals without any form of documentation. The most easily accessible source of research chemicals is over the Internet. By using the Internet scientist benefit from a continuously updated catalogue of novel research chemicals with an in depth explanation for their uses, furthermore, instant card payment and next day postage makes the Internet the preferred source. This on going research can better our understanding and discovery of new drugs, drug derivatives or even the modification of existing research chemicals.