LINKS: A Haul of How-To's

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Science  01 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5560, pp. 1607
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5560.1607c

Whether you need parenting tips on how to rear a brood of embryonic stem cells or directions for measuring the alcohol intake of tipsy rats, BIOVISA.NET teems with practical lab advice. This boon for do-it-yourselfers offers links to some 1750 protocols, all gathered by site users. They read just like recipes: “Cut and discard head to remove neural cells” instructs the protocol for getting mouse embryo fibroblasts. Most of the how-to's fall into the categories of cell and molecular biology and biochemistry, but you can also absorb techniques used in genetics, immunology, development, neuroscience, and biotechnology. Another handy section of the site lists 168 biological and medical journals with free online content.

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