November 2011

Biochemistry and molecular biology blogs

This blog review is the first in an occassional online series.

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ASBMB Today contributor Aditi Das

Blogging, or Web logging, as it was originally called, is now entwined with most media consumers’ lives along with Twitter feeds and Facebook posts. And while those who work and study in the field of bioscience have a multitude of reading options, it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin.

With scientific journals like Science, Nature, PLoS; newsgroups like Discovery and National Geographic; and the countless independent bloggers producing commentary and reportage each day, there is an ocean of interesting reading out there, and this column is intended to help readers who aren’t all that Web savvy yet wade through it and pick out the gems. I will try to provide brief overviews of a handful of blogs that for the most part target readers engaged in biochemistry and molecular biology.

For readers who are ready to dive into the ocean of blogs, a comprehensive view of the RSS feeds from major (and some minor) science blogging networks, group blogs, aggregators and services is available at Scienceblogging.org, a site built by Anton Zuiker (@mistersugar), Bora Zivkovic (@BoraZ) and Dave Munger (@davemunger) to provide readers with a “central clearinghouse for all scientific needs” and to maintain a balanced ecosystem covering science, nature and medicine.

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Science blogging pioneer Bora Zivkovic

I chose to start with Zivkovic’s "A Blog around the Clock" (now running for seven years). Zivkovic is one of the most prolific science bloggers and runs Scientific American’s blogging network. He pioneered the ScienceOnline conferences and edits anthologies of the best writing on science blogs. I chose Zivkovic’s educational blog primarily because a chunk of it had the relevant heading BIO101, and when I surfed through it, I was awed by the informative yet informal classroom-type lecture with texts, cartoons and animations of the living cell and its molecular processes. Other content of this blog indulges Zivkovic’s personal areas of expertise and interest, including chronobiology, animal physiology and evolution, and indeed makes for insightful reading. The master blogger also covers several meta topics, as he terms them, including science communication, controversies and media.

Aditi Das (addas06@gmail.com) is a science writer and research scientist based in Washington, D.C.

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