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  • Biotechnology
  • Botany
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology

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Is an interactive portal designed by BIOSIS to connect life sciences researchers with free, useful resources and other like-minded scientists from all around the world.

BioMed Central open access

BioMed Central

BioMed Central is an open access site with 206 peer-reviewed journals you can access mostly without charge. This site is a good supplement to PubMed.
  Biomedical Search

is a search engine containing NIH/PubMed documents, a large collection of theses, dissertations, and other publications. BioMedSearch provides advanced account features that allow saved searches, alerts, saving documents to portfolios, commenting on documents and portfolios, and sharing documents with other registered users. Registering for BioMedSearch is free.

Biosci Register Biosci Register

Manual compilation of biotech suppliers enabling buyers to easily source manufacturers of biotechnology equipment for cell biology, cell culture, genomics, proteomics and more. Site includes new projects, free magazines, jobs, news and events.

Cell Migration Gateway by the Cell Migration Consortium Cell Migration Gateway

Is a free, comprehensive online source with the goal of keeping site visitors informed of the latest developments in the study of cell migration. New and important contributions in the field are highlighted while new information is merged into a comprehensive cell migration database. Provides one-stop overview of the latest research in cell migration.

Darwin Correspondence Project Darwin Correspondence Project

Was founded in 1974 by an American scholar, Frederick Burkhardt, with the aid of Sydney Smith, a zoologist in the University of Cambridge (UK). Darwin's correspondence provides us with an invaluable source of information, not only about his own intellectual development and social network, but about Victorian science and society in general.

Earth Pages Earth Pages Earth Sciences and News from the Geological World
Encyclopedia of Life Encyclopedia of Life

This encyclopedia offers basic information on all known forms of life with more than one million pages on plants, animals, and microorganisms. Convenient resource for researching everything about organisms.

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Medicine Online Medicine OnLine

Career-related educational content and discussion groups

Medline Plus Medline Plus

Brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. It has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

National Academy of Sciences National Academy of Sciences

Biographical Memoirs have been published since 1877, and are "brief biographies of deceased National Academy of Sciences members, written by those who knew them or their work". They provide "a personal and scholarly view of the lives and work of America's most distinguished scientists and a biographical history of science in the United States.

Plant Information Online Plant Information Online

Is a collection of databases that is updated daily that emphasizes cultivated plans and plant/seed sources. Contact information for nearly 2,500 seed and nursery farms is provided. Browse detailed indexing of plant images and locate information from around 600 books and magazines.

Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity - Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity Founded in 2005 as a non-profit research and public policy organization affiliated with Yale University. The website's goal is to disseminate information toward improving the world's diet, preventing obesity and reducing weight stigma.

Is a search engine for government science information and research results

SciTable by Nature Publishing Group SciTable

Is a free, online educational resource aimed at undergraduate biology students and educators. SciTable currently focuses on genetics, combining authoritative scientific information with social media functionality.

National Library of Medicine: TOXLINE, TOXNET TOXLINE

A TOXNET database by the U.S. National Library of Medicine: TOXLINE is a bibliographic database with an assortment of citations from specialized journals and other sources. It provides references covering the biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals. Most of TOXLINE's bibliographic citations contain abstracts and/or indexing terms and Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) Registry Numbers. Years covered and Updates: TOXLINE references date from the 1840s to the present. New ones are added weekly.

World Health Organization World Health Organization

Has information about international programs regarding health care and includes an electronic version of World Health Report and a link to the WHO Statistical Information System.

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Organismal, Ecological, and Evolutionary Biology
Botanical Society of America Botanical Society of America

"Exists to promote botany, the field of basic science dealing with the study and inquiry into the form, function, diversity, reproduction, evolution, and uses of plants and their interactions within the biosphere." One of the many resources to be found at this site are the Botanical Society's Online Teaching Images which are available for instructional use.

Missouri Botanical Garden Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden was first opened to the public in 1859 by Henry Shaw. The Missouri Botanical Garden's mission is to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life. Other Sites Hosted at the Missouri Botanical Garden are American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, Center for Plant Conservation, International Botanical Congress, MBGnet for Kids and Teachers, International Aroid Society, and Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites.

Missouri Botanical Garden Flora Mesoamericana

(In Spanish with an introduction in English ) is first major regional flora ever written in Spanish that describes all the vascular plants growing in the southeastern most states of Mexico (including the Yucatán Peninsula) and all the Central American republics.

Index to American Botanical Literature by the New York Botanical Garden Index to American Botanical Literature

Of the New York Botanical Garden contains entries dealing with various aspects of extant and fossil American plants and fungi, including systematics and floristics, morphology, and ecology, as well as economic botany and general botany (publications dealing with botanists, herbaria, etc.). "America" is defined in the broadest possible sense, encompassing land and marine plants and fungi from Greenland to Antarctica. American territory outside this area, e.g., Hawaii, is not included. The searchable database includes all those entries published in the Index since 1996, and thus includes botanical literature appearing since late 1995.

Is the gateway to Federal efforts concerning invasive species.

Molecular, Physiological, and Structural Biology
HIV InSite Knowledge Base HIV InSite Knowledge Base is a comprehensive, on-line textbook of HIV disease from the University of California San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital. Chapters are written by experts who are active in research, patient care, policy, or a combination.
US Department of Energy Human Genome Project Information Human Genome Project Information offers a wealth of information on the Human Genome Project and on general research on genetics and bioethics.
Journal of Immunology Journal of Immunology is made available by the American Association of Immunologists. Guests may search the journal and its archives and receive abstracts of articles. Subscribers have full-text available.
The Medical Biochemistry Page The Medical Biochemistry Page This is an online textbook on biochemistry with clear text and color illustrations.

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