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Science  23 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5427, pp. 491
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5427.491c

Genes and their jobs. Hoping to speed genome breakthroughs to the clinic, the American Physiological Society last week launched Physiological Genomics, an electronic journal on genes and function that will feature “large data sets” and “dynamic formats” not possible in print. (A paper version will later be published for archiving purposes.) Access is free until next February. Also debuting is a Web-based system for submitting manuscripts. http://www.physiolgenomics.org/

Menacing mold. Causing everything from asthma attacks to life-threatening growths in the lungs, Aspergillus fumigatus is one of the world's most pernicious fungal health threats. This site aimed at lab scientists and clinicians offers aspergillus lab protocols, a reference database, and info on genes and drug trials. http://www.aspergillus.man.ac.uk/

Shape of things to come. The patterns of snowflakes, soap bubbles on a wire frame, and etchings on silicon computer chips can all be described by numerical techniques for tracking moving boundaries. A Berkeley math professor uses Java applets and movies to show how such algorithms can be used to extract a liver's shape from a medical scan, guide a robot through an obstacle course, and more. www.math.berkeley.edu/∼sethian/level_set.small.html

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