TOOLS: Species Crawl

Science  16 Dec 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5755, pp. 1747
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5755.1747d

iSpecies provides as much information as a good Internet encyclopedia, yet it doesn't contain a single Web page. The new search engine from systematist Roderic Page of the University of Glasgow in the U.K. furnishes what Web aficionados call a mashup. Instead of housing static pages about different species, it compiles a profile of your selected organism by linking to molecular, taxonomic, and other sites. Enter “aardvark,” for example, and iSpecies tracks down images of the snouty mammal, protein and DNA sequences, a list of abstracts from recent papers, and a classification synopsis from the Integrated Taxonomic Information System.

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