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Science  17 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5460, pp. 1883
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5460.1883b

The daily gene. Keep abreast of genetic medicine news with GeneLetter, a free Web newsletter brimming with daily Reuters Health Information articles, capsule reviews of new journal articles, and features on topics such as biotech foods, genetic counseling, and DNA forensics.

Quake watch. Got the shakes? Check out the planet's tremblings at the Live Internet Seismic Server, which posts seismograms transmitted across the Internet from 36 monitoring stations around the world. Click on a world map to get data updated every 30 minutes along with stats on the biggest quakes of the past 24 hours.

Molecular profiles. Putting a face on the 10,000 structures in the Protein Data Bank is a new feature called Molecule of the Month—brief articles written by a scientist that describe the biology and role in society of all-important molecules such as myoglobin and DNA polymerase (at left). Coming in April: the most common protein in the human body (can you guess?).

Lessons in development. Cocaine, methylmercury, and rubella virus share one thing in common: They're all notorious for causing birth defects, according to this educational site from the Teratology Society. It includes a teratology history, profiles of scientists, and assorted links.

Strength in small numbers. African Americans make up less than 1% of U.S. mathematicians, but their publication rates are above average—and a surprising 25% of them are women. Those facts come from Mathematicians of the African Diaspora, a Web site packed with biographies on about 300 African Americans in math. Other tidbits include a history of math in sub-Saharan Africa and scholarship links.

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