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What is Your Favorite Gene?

Today I’m going to tell you about another new genetics resource that’s only been available for a couple of months. This gem is “YFG (Your Favorite Gene) powered by Ingenuity” and it’s freely available thanks to a partnership between Sigma-Aldrich and Ingenuity Systems. You read that right, these two for-profit companies are giving researchers something…

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BioEdit: A FREE Sequence Alignment Editor

BioEdit is a biological sequence alignment editor supreme. The author of this software calls it an intuitive multiple document interface with convenient features. What an understatement! At the moment I only use a couple of functions of BioEdit. Mainly I use it to view chromatograms of sequencing results, to do sequence alignments, to reverse complement…

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Be A Bio-Rockstar with ClusterMed

Back in October, Nick wrote about the scientific literature searching resource GoPubMed. Today I want to introduce all of you to another rocking PubMed search engine called ClusterMed. Freely provided by Vivisimo, Inc. (“Search Done Right”), ClusterMed uses the Vivisimo Velocity Search Platform “to organize PubMed’s extensive inventory of medical research articles into dynamic categories…

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A Molecular Geneticist’s Essential Gizmos

For our “fresh new” version of the website, I’ll kick off with a series of articles on describing the contents of my professional “toolbox”. So, let’s open ‘er up and see what we get. In this installment, I’ll skim the top tray and produce my list of basic gizmos that, just like beer and pizza,…

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Free Online Bioinformatics Tools

PapersIn recognition of a fresh new year and a fresh new direction for Bitesize Bio, I thought I’d start my tenure as the fresh new Bioinformatics “guru” by introducing you to a handful of websites that will help you locate established as well as fresh new and (mostly) free online molecular biology and bioinformatics databases…

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5 (and more) Internet Learning Resources

As a scientist, it can be very useful to have a basic understanding of things like management, business and communication (and lots of other things), especially as you go through your career and end up managing a group or a business! If you are lucky, your company or institution will provide you with some training…

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5 Ways to Use your Google Search Box

Did you think that your Google search box was just for searching the web? If so then think again – those folks at Google are the masters of innovation (you only have to look at where they work to see that). So it’s not surprising that they have made their search box cleverer than most.…

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5 Bio-Related Apps for your Iphone/Ipod Touch

If you’re one of the proud owners of an Ipod touch or an Iphone then there some great apps available for academics that makes life a bit easier. Molecules is an application that allows you to view PDB structure files, yes it’s the 3 dimensional protein structure just like on software like rasmol, deepview etc.…

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Small World Competition Open for Voting

Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. For over 30 years, Nikon has rewarded the world’s best photomicrographers who make critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science.

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New Search Engine for Biology

Here’s something that I’m sure all our readers will find interesting, if they haven’t heard it already: there’s a web search engine out now for specifically designed for biologists.

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Control Your Lab Computers From Home

If you have computers in the lab that you would like to access from home, this might be for you. LogMeIn.com offers a free remote desktop service that allows you to take control of a remote computer. Perfect if, while relaxing after dinner, you remember that you forgot to turn off the HPLC at work…

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Top 10: iGoogle Gadgets for Molecular and Cell Biologists

I finally signed up for Google Reader last week after reading Bala’s great post last week on Google Reader for Academics. Setting this up brought my attention to iGoogle, another very useful Google service. iGoogle allows the user to create a personalised start page. One of it’s main features is the ability to add all…

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Meiosis and Mitosis Tutorial

I recently caught wind of Openlearn, at Open University, which is a UK university that is dedicated to distance learning. Apparently started in 1969, and hosting part-time students who will received real degrees, the OU’s teaching quality was listed as the fifth best in the UK. “Now anyone can access free online learning,” and “the…

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Free Mind Mapping Software

Mind mapping is an extremely useful technique for note-taking, brainstorming and learning. In the past I often tried to use mind-mapping but the neat-freak in me was never satisfied with the messy maps I would create. However, now there is an alternative to scribbling out mind maps on paper with the availability FreeMind, a great…

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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, Harvey Lodish et al.’s Molecular Cell Biology, and David Nelson’s Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry if you have the textbooks handy. An online compilation…

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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 drive. Copying onto CDs or detachable hard drives was fine, but what if I lost those, or they…

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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, that automatically generates fully annotated plasmid maps from your raw sequence input. Using a database containing the sequences of hundreds of…

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