February 2012

BMB blogs in brief

This blog review is the fourth 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 them 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.

 Williams   Lathe   Mangan 
Williams  Lathe  Mangan 

Next up is the OpenHelix’s “Tip of the Week,” which features visual tools from existing or newly launched databases to answer questions on proteomics or genomics.

The blogging trio of Trey Lathe, Mary Mangan and Jennifer Williams hold advanced degrees in bioinformatics and are highly experienced in diverse molecular biology topics. Their visual-based tutorial blogs help users in the application of sophisticated softwareprograms, including ones that do protein motif searching, promoter analysis, comparative genomics, small nuclear polymorphism (SNP) and splice variant sorting, among others. Also, they make it a point to keep researchers updated on the related online servers and other resources.

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 

“Molbio Hut,” cultivated by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero and Francisco Barriga, January issue 


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

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