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Jena Library of Biological Macromolecules (JenaLib)

The Institute for Molecular Biotechnology (Jena, Germany) provides this repository of molecular structures, featuring selected VRML (as well as two dimensional) images of "building blocks," and "macromolecular structures." Included among the images are RNA structures from the protein database at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, as well as over 250 DNA and protein structures. Sequence and...
NCBI Coffee Break

The National Center for Biotechnology Information Coffee Break is a biweekly series of short reports on recent biomedical discoveries. "Each report is about 400 words, and is usually based on a discovery reported in one or more articles from the recently published peer-reviewed literature." Each report incorporates interactive tutorials, figures, and links to related sources for more information....
NCBI Taxonomy Browser

The NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) Taxonomy Browser, enables users to search for taxonomic information using the name of superspecific taxa (e.g., Porifera) or the name of a particular organism (e.g., Thalarctos maritimus or polar bear). Returns provide, in addition to taxonomic information, genetic information, nucleotide/protein sequence information, and references.
About NCBI

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has had a Web site for some time now, but the site has recently become more user-friendly with this new About section. About NCBI explains NCBI's role in facilitating research and education specific to the "fundamental molecular and genetic processes that control health and disease." An introduction to NCBI databases and maps helps...
Nanobiotechnology Center

Established in January 2000, the Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC) is a consortium of several major universities that is headed by Cornell University. Despite being so new, the NBTC has already made many important advances in this area of research. This brochure starts with a good introduction to the principles and uses of nanobiotechnology, and then gives a brief synopsis of the center's work. Some...

Self-described as "the most reliable and up-to-date information resource for those working in the life sciences and associated industries," brings together in one Web site daily news, information, and research tools geared mostly toward biotechnology. The Web site provides "live panel discussions and one-on-one interviews with leading scientists representing the diversity of research in...
Dolly the Sheep

Dolly, the world's first animal to be cloned from an adult cell, was put down February 14, 2003, due to a tumor in the lung. Her death has drawn increased attention to how little we really know about the potential health problems associated with genetic cloning. The journal Nature offers a special Web focus on "the life of this extraordinary sheep," including current and archived news articles and...

Life scientists interested in commercializing their research can look to Bioentrepreneur -- a comprehensive Web portal from Nature Publishing Group -- for "authoritative, independent advice provided by experts and industry insiders." Bioentrepreneur offers current business development news, a resource toolkit, profiles of life sciences companies, and much more. Users must create a free personal...
Biologically-Inspired Technology

A Web site from Michigan State University (1) is a useful starting point for learning about biologically inspired technologies. In addition to briefly discussing the natural processes that are most commonly studied in the development of such technologies, there is a large collection of links to other research efforts and related material. The Ant Colony Optimization project (2) uses the behavior...
Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology

The Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology offers "news and information on agricultural biotechnology and genetically modified food from an independent and objective source for the public, media and policymakers." Readers should find it a timely and well-presented resource for keeping up with developments in biotechnology and the public debate it has generated. Content includes news reports,...
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