SITE VISIT: All About NMR

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Science  29 May 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5368, pp. 1319
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5368.1319b

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, the powerful analytic tool used to deduce molecular structures from the spin states of atomic nuclei, has spawned Web sites on everything from structural biology to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—the flashy NMR offshoot that lets doctors look inside the body's tissues. But how to keep track of it all?

Try The NMR Information Server (http://www.nmr.ufl.edu/), started in 1994 by microbiologist Marian Buszko of the University of Florida, Gainesville, as a Web directory for NMR and its sister techniques, including MRI and electron spin resonance. That's still the site's core: a Yahoo-like listing of links ranging from spectra databases to educational backgrounders and journals. But Buszko has since added much more, including conference notices, job ads, a Who's Who of NMR scientists, and research news updates written by investigators. “It's really a hub for magnetic resonance-related information,” says Buszko, who adds to the site daily. The pièce de résistance, he adds, is an interface he's designed that allows visitors to learn about NMR by watching in real time as data are collected on a spectrometer in his lab—this month, for example, it features chemical changes in tumor cells. NMR researcher Ronald Nieman of Arizona State University in Tempe praises the site's comprehensiveness: “It's usually the place I go to first” for NMR information.

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