TOOLS: Acronym Soup

Science  09 Jul 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5681, pp. 157
DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5681.157b

Like slang, acronyms can smooth communication if you're in the know but often befuddle the uninitiated. To help biomedical researchers avoid confusion, the creators of this site from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas programmed a computer to glean acronyms and abbreviations from the MEDLINE abstracts database. Whether you're searching for AAAA (asymptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysm) or ZRT (zinc-regulated transporter), the site's more than 200,000 entries tell you what those puzzling letter combinations stand for and link to abstracts that describe their use. You can also enter a term and find its short form.

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