DNA — Secrets of the Sequence

Secrets of the Sequence


“If you are looking to get in on the ground floor of the DNA sequencing that occurs in a high-tech laboratory, this video series is a fine place to start. Produced with help from a variety of sponsors, such as the National Academies and Pfizer, this site from Virginia Commonwealth University brings together 50 of the best videos from the public television series “Secrets of the Sequence” to “assist teachers in the application of genetic research across the biology curriculum.” Each of the videos is 8-10 minutes long, and they are divided into topical areas that include anatomy, bioethics, and DNA. Visitors can download each video, or just stream them directly from the site. Finally, the site also includes a number of helpful educational worksheets and guides for teachers.”

Source:  The Scout Report, Univ. of Wisconsin, Oct. 28, 2011 

Microbe World — Website with news, videos, images…

Microbe World (Last reviewed in the Scout Report on November 19, 1999)


“Microbe World has grown by leaps and bounds since the Scout Report last reviewed the site. First-time visitors will notice that the homepage contains a featured image and a featured video, which usually features a science expert speaking on microbes via an archived webcast. Moving on, the right-hand side of the homepage contains informational videos that cover how to get started with using Microbe World. The “Videos” tab will allow users to learn from dozens of videos that cover a gamut of topics, such as genetically engineered bacteria and an investigation into the origins of the Black Plague. Visitors can also use the “Images” tab to view high quality images of microbes taken from various research laboratories, science organizations, and so on. Finally, users can use the “Resources” area to view laboratory demonstrations and find out about new microbe-related apps that are under development.”

Source: University of Wisconsin’s Scout Report 10/21/11 

MeSH, Medical Subject Headings from NLM (National Library of Medicine)

MeSH is a great resource,a thesaurus, especially significant if you access Medline — from whatever source.  (PubMed is the free version, accessible everywhere anyone has access to the internet.)

MeSH means Medical Subject Headings.  They are assigned by indexers at the National Library of Medicine.  This thesaurus is complete with definitions or scope notes.  It is organized in a hierarchical fashion so that if you wanted to search all antibiotics, for example, you wouldn’t have to separately type all of them, but could just “explode” the main heading.  You can limit the headings to a major concept, the most important concept(s) in the article.  You can also attach subheadings, such as adverse effects of antibiotics.


ChemMobi, A free APP from RSC! It’s National Chemistry Week!

“Chemistry: There’s An App For That

National Chemistry Week, Oct. 16-22: There’s an App for that. Chemists on the go can check the safety of cosmetic ingredients, scroll through millions of chemical structures and molecular formulas, and model liquid chromatography flow rates.”

Provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry and Symyx Technologies.


Submitted by Anne Langley, Oct. 18, 2011

CORDIS — European repository & portal for EU research

News from the Frankfurt Bookfair

…”Additionally, the EU’s Publications Office offered a discussion of CORDIS, the primary repository and official dissemination portal of EU-funded research projects and results. Its presentation sought to answer the question, ‘How do we find the best partners for new research projects?’ The presentation demonstrated CORDIS’ new interactive platform for fostering cross-European partnerships in research including collaborative tools, RSS, blogs and online communication with special emphasis on current social networking trends.”

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter.

GEN — “Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News” turns 30!

New Rochelle, NY, October 3, 2011Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) celebrates 30 years as the world’s first and most widely read magazine for the biotechnology industry.  Universally heralded as the definitive information source in this field, GEN covers the technology, trends, products, services, and advances that shape and drive the industry forward.  GEN’s 130-page commemorative issue features articles written by luminaries, and an original poster that tracks the milestones that have altered the course of biotechnology, leading to today’s most groundbreaking scientific and therapeutic discoveries.

Mary Ann Liebert news email 10/3/11