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Websites: Biotechnology Journal 1/2006

Websites: Biotechnology Journal 1/2006 Pubchem with chemical compound structure PubChem is organized as three linked databases within the NCBI’s Entrez information retrieval system. These are PubChem Substance, PubChem Compound, and PubChem BioAssay. PubChem also provides a fast chemical structure similarity search tool. This new search tool at NCBI thus provides information on the biological activities of small molecules and will prove useful for any researcher looking for chemical structures, or working in the field of drug discovery. http://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov BLOG and WIKI your science Blogs and wikis are websites that any visitor can add to and edit. Outside academia, blogs are taking off in a big way. A study published in October by the Guidewire Group, a research firm in new media, says that 90% of marketing communication companies have either launched, or intend to launch, internal blogs. There are now some 20 million blogs, permeating almost every sector of society. But science is a glaring exception, and today there are still only a few dozen scientific bloggers. The emerging web is largely being shaped by dynamic interactions between users in real time and could be used to enhance science communication. But many researchers still see publications in the formal scientific literature as ‘the’ means of scientific communication. Although the traditional published paper is accepted as the undisputed information of record, younger researchers, in particular, are concerned that scientists are missing out on new ways to communicate with each other and the public. Blogs might really take off once scientists come up with some sort of peer-review mechanism for blogs that increase their credibility. Scientific BLOG sites: pharyngula.org/index/science www.nodalpoint.org www.wikipedia.org openwetware.mit.edu/wiki contentious.com effectmeasure.blogspot.com blog.bioethics.net www.realclimate.org cancerdynamics.blogspot.com www.facultyof1000.com/start.asp Summary from Nature 2005, 438, 548–549, doi:10.1038/438548a © PhotoDisc, Inc. The NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer To help meet the goal of eliminating suffering and death due to cancer, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, is engaged in efforts to harness the power of nanotechnology to radically change the way we diagnose, treat and prevent cancer. The NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer is a comprehensive, systematized initiative encompassing the public and private sectors, designed to accelerate the application of the best capabilities of nanotechnology to cancer. Currently, scientists are limited in their ability to turn promising molecular discoveries into benefits for cancer patients. Nanotechnology can provide the technical power and tools that will enable those developing new diagnostics, therapeutics, and preventives to keep pace with today’s explosion in knowledge. To harness the potential of nanotechnology in cancer, the goals of the NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer are to develop: – Research tools to identify new biological targets – Agents to monitor predictive molecular changes and prevent precancerous cells from becoming malignant – Imaging agents and diagnostics to detect cancer in the earliest, most easily treatable, pre-symptomatic stage – Multi-functional targeted devices to deliver multiple therapeutic agents directly to cancer cells – Systems to provide real-time assessments of therapeutic and surgical efficacy – Novel methods to manage symptoms that reduce quality of life http://nano.cancer.gov © 2006 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biotechnology Journal Wiley

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