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Science  27 Jul 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5530, pp. 579
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5530.579a

Although it looks like the unappetizing product of a really big sneeze, the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium has biologists all aquiver. Cancer researchers are keen to divine how slime mold cells move in hopes of better understanding the spread of cancer. Evolutionists are puzzling over the division of labor within the spore-launching fruiting body, formed when the normally hermitlike cells band together.

At DictyBase, a community site created by cell biologist Rex Chisholm of Northwestern University in Chicago, novices and aficionados alike will find a trove of resources on this slime mold. Sections include a tutorial on Dictyostelium biology, a directory of researchers and labs, a newsletter highlighting new papers, and a bibliography. The site also links to data from the Dictyostelium genome project.

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