SITE VISIT: Viral Motherlode

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Science  26 Jun 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5372, pp. 2019
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5372.2019a

Need the scoop on a virus? Whether it's tobacco mosaic virus or dreaded Ebola, a good place to start is All the Virology on the WWW (www.tulane.edu/∼dmsander/garryfavweb.html), a catalog bursting with links and information on viruses and the diseases they cause. Among the site's features is The Big Picture Book of Viruses—a table packed with virus micrographs and info searchable by name, host, structure, or disease. The site also holds online courses and instructional videos, and it provides more than 1000 links to other virology resources. Webmaster David Sander, who started All the Virology as a grad student at Tulane University Medical School, concisely describes linked sites, which cover everything from AIDS health information to the biological weapons treaty. Visitors can also browse a virology bookshop linked to online bookseller Amazon.com.

Sander, now a congressional aide in Washington, D.C., says he hopes to redesign the site so a user can click on a virus name and get pictures, course notes, and related books all on a single page. As it is, All the Virology appears to have plenty of fans: Sander says he gets feedback from researchers, patients, and even grade-school students.

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