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SpringerProtocols

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Provider: Springer Science & Business Media LLC
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Descriptions: SpringerProtocols is said to be the most comprehensive and trustworthy online database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the biomedical and life sciences. From the book series Methods in Molecular Biology and numerous other sources, this collection offers researchers access to decades of step-by-step protocols for use in the lab. With an emphasis on clarity, each protocol is organized in an easily-reproduced, recipe style. All protocols have been written by experts in the field, and are reviewed first by editors distinguished in the relevant specific subject areas, and then by Springer's own editorial staff. Contains some open-access protocols. Mobile version of website available.
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From Birth to Death and Bench to Clinic: The Hastings Center Bioethics Briefing Book

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Provider: The Hastings Center
Descriptions: This online book from the Hastings Center is the collaborative effort of various Hastings Center writers and outside journalists. The Bioethics Briefing Book "seeks to inform debate surrounding thirty-six of the most controversial bioethics topics in the media today." Each chapter begins with an entry highlighting the debated points of the issue, and a comprehensive overview of its various facets follows. Links to information on relevant legislation, 2008 Presidential campaign and party platform positions and links to websites, news items and further reading resources are provided. A few of the topics covered are: gene patents; family-provided long-term care; nanotechnology; abortion; organ transplantation; and stem cells. This book is offered as a free download in .pdf format.
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DrugBank: Open Data Drug & Drug Target Database

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Provider: David Wishart/University of Alberta, CA
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Descriptions: A bio- and chemical informatics resource that combines detailed drug (chemical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical) data with comprehensive drug targeting (sequence, structure, and pathway) information. The database contains nearly 4300 drug entries, including FDA-approved small molecule drugs, FDA-approved biotech (protein/peptide) drugs, "nutraceuticals" and experimental drugs. Contains more than 6,800 drug entries with almost 4,300 non-redundant protein sequences linked. Each entry, or  DrugCard, contains more than 80 data fields, half of which are devoted to drug/chemical data and the other half to drug target/protein data. Downloads and information on rights, acknowledgement and usage are available here.
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