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BioChemWeb: Virtual Library for the Molecular Biologist

Wikipedia gets quite a bit of attention, and the student of the molecular biological sciences regularly needs a more in-depth information resource. There's Bruce Alberts et al.'s Molecular Biology of the Cell,...
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Keeping up on the journals

As scientists, we have to keep up with new research coming out and follow the journals. We all have our preferred way of doing so though. Sporadic searches on Pubmed are one way, or weekly email updates on...
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At last – an easy backup solution

When I was writing up my PhD thesis I was paranoid about data backup. Years of hard work - pictures, data-files, notes, publication lists not to mention the thesis manuscript itself - all stored on one hard...
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Free, Publication Quality Plasmid Annotation

I just came across an extremely nice piece of plasmid mapping and annotation software that I'd like to share with you. PlasMapper is a web-based application, created by staff from the University of Alberta,...
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Online Data and Project Management

During a research project, how do you record your data, conclusions and the samples you produce? What about ideas, insights and thought-trains? It would be very useful to have a good system to easily store all...
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Error Bars in Biology

....statistics. The very word strikes fear into the heart of many a biologist (including me). In an article published earlier this year, Cumming and co-workers of La Trobe University, Melbourne gave a very...
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Science Writing: Selling Your Research

Browsing around on the Nature Network blogs, I came across one interesting discussion from a couple weeks ago that few researchers actually spend much time thinking about (I think). Martin asked, "I was...
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Re-Think PCR and Win an IPhone

Robert, a Bitesize Bio reader sent me an e-mail to tip me off about a fun little contest being run by BioRad at www.rethinkpcr.com. You are invited to say how you would "re-think" PCR. At first I thought...
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Firefox Add-ons for Molecular and Cell Biologists

Firefox is the most popular browser on the web. This in large part due to the vast array of free add-ons that allow you to customize the browser and add features that will help your everyday work. And...
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Open Access to Science

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) defines the issue of Open Access Publication as: An Open Access Publication[1] is one that meets the following two conditions: 1. The author(s) and copyright holder(s)...
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