Smithsonian Jumps Into Biodiversity Genomics With New Institute
“On the heels of two vast analyses of the genomes of both birds and insects, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has announced that it will launch a virtual biodiversity genomics institute to accelerate efforts to capture and catalog all the DNA from Earth’s flora and fauna. Science, 12/12″
“The GeneEd website was created by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a helpful resource for the teaching and learning of genetics. On the site, visitors can find labs and experiments, fact sheets, and teacher resources on topics including DNA forensics, genetic conditions, evolution, and biostatistics. First-time visitors will want to start their journey by looking over the Topics tab at the top of the page. There are 40 different thematic areas here consisting of articles, video clips, webcasts, and links to additional quality resources vetted by the GeneEd web team. The Labs & Experiments section includes virtual labs that explore the genetics of different organisms as well as links to resources provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Young people may also wish to take a look at the Careers in Genetics section as it features interviews with scientists that will inspire and delight.”
Source: The Scout Report — Volume 19, Number 32 (HTML) Univ. Wisconsin
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From today’s email: Nature Publishing Group [Nature.Publishing.Group@information.nature.com]
OpenHelix Resource Newsletter today proclaims the launch of an open access search and learn portal: openhelix.com web site to help researchers find the most relevant of the thousands of databases and analysis tools.
From their "About’ page:
OpenHelix allows "More efficient use of the most relevant resources means quicker and more effective research. OpenHelix empowers researchers by
providing a search portal to find the most relevant genomics resource and training on those resources.
distributing extensive and effective tutorials and training materials on the most powerful and popular genomics resourcs.
contracting with resource providers to provide comprehensive, long-term training and outreach programs."
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