National New Biology Initiative — report from NRC

Phillip Sharp - co-chair of the committee.

September 17, 2009 — According to a new report from the National Research Council, the emergence of "New Biology" — where scientists and engineers from many disciplines collaborate on ways to take advantage of dramatic recent advances in biology, such as the ability to sequence entire genomes — offers an opportunity to solve some of society’s most pressing problems. The report recommends a National New Biology Initiative to accelerate such research and apply it to our greatest challenges.


Source: National Academies News, Sept. 17th.

Elsevier’s journal, Cell, has a beta test site for a new article presentation

"This new prototype is… designed to make articles easier to read and navigate in digital form."   The presentation has hierarchical  text and graphs, graphical abstracts and bulleted main points.

Source: Information Today ( ) September 2009, p. 3;  Elsevier

Prototype 1 Prototype 2
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For more information go to

Element 112 — how about the name copernicium (Cn)?

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has proposed a name and symbol for the newest element.  If you’d like to read more about it, make a suggestion, or comment on the choice, here is the URL:


MedlinePlus Now on Twitter

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Follow us on Twitter, medlineplus4you, to get the latest health information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

NLM launched medlineplus4you on Twitter as a companion to NLM’s popular and respected consumer health Web site,

Both medlineplus4you and provide trustworthy health and wellness information from U.S. government agencies and other authoritative sources.

From the NLM New files for the week of Aug 31, 2009

NBII — National Biological Information Infrastructure — new look, more functional searching

"The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) has updated its search engine to search multiple databases at the same time, and now also returns clustered results. You can try it at "

Source: ResearchBuzz, 9/3/09

From "About" NBII :

The NBII Program is managed by the U.S. Geological Survey’s Biological Informatics Office, and "is a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation’s biological resources. The NBII links diverse, high-quality biological databases, information products, and analytical tools maintained by NBII partners and other contributors in government agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations, and private industry. NBII partners and collaborators also work on new standards, tools, and technologies that make it easier to find, integrate, and apply biological resources information. Resource managers, scientists, educators, and the general public use the NBII to answer a wide range of questions related to the management, use, or conservation of this nation’s biological resources."