DICTIONARY: Biolingo Decoder

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Science  08 Oct 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5694, pp. 205
DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5694.205d

Medical dictionaries abound on the Web, but you might have to hunt for one that defines “virosome” and “E-box elements.” You'll find these and more than 20,000 other terms at Medical.WebEnds, from Denver software consultant Chris Endres. Besides covering diseases, drugs, and symptoms, the site includes a good selection of research-related terminology. A virosome, for instance, is a rebuilt viral shell used to deliver drugs or genes to a cell. And an E-box element is a specific sequence of DNA bases that is involved in transcription. The site has ads, but they're pretty unobtrusive.


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