WIKIS: Lab Partnering

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Science  06 Jan 2006:
Vol. 311, Issue 5757, pp. 19
DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5757.19b

If you've whipped up an irresistible medium for rearing slime molds or collected some tips on performing flow cytometry, share your insights with other biologists at OpenWetWare. This wiki, or user-written collaboration, lets researchers craft virtual meeting places for their own labs or add to communal pages on methods and equipment. Started last year by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, OpenWetWare now houses pages from more than 20 labs at 10 universities. Contributions include safety advice for working with ethidium bromide, a reagent for electrophoresis, and a simple protocol for mutating specific nucleotides in a gene. The pages often allow readers to choose among several labs' versions of the same technique.

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