January 2012

Biochemistry and molecular biology blogs in brief

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

Blogging, or Web logging, as it was originally coined, 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. 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.

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A blog named The MolBio Hut caught my attention because it covers recent advances in molecular biology. Bloggers Alejandro Montenegro-Montero and Francisco Barriga are both Ph.D. students who describe their newly named Internet abode as a “rendezvous point for people in the life sciences.”

The blog covers their personal experiences as scientists, peer-reviewed literature and other news. It is divided into several categories, of which the The MolBio Carnival appealed to me most, because it’s a “monthly roundup of interesting posts in molecular biology from the entire science blogosphere.” This carnival was organized by these bloggers and has been running for over a year. It covers topics as diverse as protein thermodynamics, omics-based synthetic biology and DNA repair.

Along with other things, The MolBio Hut bloggers highlight standout papers in the field and also provide information on the annual Journal Citation Reports from Thomson Reuters to report on which journals made it to the top 20 in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology.

The MolBio Hut is constantly looking for guest bloggers to discuss different aspects of life as a scientist and, in a new section entitled “Direct Connection,” encourage scientists to discuss their own recently published work to provide a “direct link between the authors and the scientific community.”

In case you missed my previous reviews:
Bora Zivkovic’s A Blog Around the Clock, November issue
H.D. Urquiza Hernandez’s The Biochemistry Questions Site, December issue

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

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