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Science  07 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5463, pp. 7
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5463.7b

Genes gone wrong. Molecular geneticists, clinicians, and others seeking a quick overview of genetic diseases may want to visit GeneClinics, a Web site offering concise summaries of some 70 disorders, from early-onset Alzheimer's to Wilson's disease (a copper metabolism disorder). Targeted at genetic counselors, the reviews include diagnostic info and links to genome databases; a related site lists genetic testing labs.

Closing in on Eros. Excitement over seeing an asteroid in detail will only grow this year as the NEAR satellite, which began orbiting the Eros asteroid on Valentine's Day, draws ever closer to this object of astronomers' desire (this month, it dropped to 100 kilometers). Visit this site to see daily images and movies of the potato-shaped rock slowly rotating.

Net lore. Wondering who invented Usenet, or what exactly is an Internet Relay Chat? This site explains the nuts and bolts of the Net and serves up profiles of those who shaped it, such as Vannevar Bush, whose 1945 article on “memex,” a device for storing information, presaged the Web.

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