LINKS: A Net of Neuroscience

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Science  28 May 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5675, pp. 1221
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5675.1221b

Like children on a scavenger hunt, neuroscientists seeking information on the Web often have to hustle from place to place to find what they want. This new portal from the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C., can save some steps. The Neuroscience Database Gateway connects researchers to 76 sites that supply data, software, and other resources. Offerings include the Brain Biodiversity Bank, where you can scrutinize whole brains and tissue slices from various mammal species. For a quick tutorial on nerve cells, check out Synapse Web, which also provides software for making 3D models of brain structures such as axons. Other sites range from a fruit fly brain atlas to a database of odor ligands. The gateway is the first release from a project to integrate online neuroscience databases.

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