Molecular and Cellular Biology Resources

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From researching new cures for muscular dystrophy to understanding how the basic cotton plant functions, molecular biology plays a role in many of the most advanced scientific fields. Such a ubiquitous science should not be a mystery to anyone, whether they are a reader, student, teacher, or lab tech. This guide provides the latest MCB (molecular and cell biology) resources from around the Web to help keep you up on modern science.

Biology Periodicals and Journals

Nature Reviews: Molecular Cell Biology: This is a traditional online journal with a variety of both general information (like DNA damage research) and specific studies (like “transduction of mechanical and cytoskeletal cues by YAP and TAZ.”)

National Institutes of Health: Molecular and Cellular Biology: This journal stretches back to 1981 with an exhaustive online collection. Highly technical in nature, the site is ideal for professionals and students.

Molecular and Cellular Biology: This to-the-point journal from the American Society of Microbiology includes many of the latest test details and information on research. Topics are broad and often technical, but it makes an ideal resource for professionals willing to pay for a subscription.

University of Illinois: MCB Magazine: Universities are a good source of the latest trends and studies in MCB fields. Illinois puts together regular journals relating major discoveries, key topics, and of course school projects.

Journal of Molecular Cell Biology: Courtesy Oxford Journals, this periodical features editor choice articles from entire previous year, all free to read.

Cell: A succinct description of its content, the acclaimed Cell focuses on technical studies and trends in the MCB field. Archives include free articles, but much current content is subscription-focused.

The Latest Molecular/Cellular Biology News

Science Daily: Molecular Biology News: This more popular resource is a good choice for those who want their MCB material in quick, news-oriented snapshots.

National Science Foundation: Molecular and Cellular Biosciences News: Simple view and easy to read, this news source is worth frequent stops for the latest on cell studies, teaching tools, and general news.

Biology News Net: Molecular & Cell Biology: The basic structure of this website hides frequently updated full articles on key MCB studies around the world.

Harvard University: Molecular and Cellular Biology News: While this is a university site, the news section is especially worthwhile, including full reports on recent events and studies (as well as University updates). Best of all, the entirety of the site is free to view.

News Medical: Molecular Biology News and Research: Another popular resource, this site includes both basic information and trending articles in the field. A box to the right provides all the very latest news.

PhysOrg: Cell & Microbiology News: PhysOrg is a useful compromise between general, easy articles and more technical pieces on MCB advancement. Tabs for popular, video, and featured articles make categorization simple.

Resources for Students and Teachers

Education Portal: Careers in Molecular & Cell Biology: Check out this resource for job requirements, popular jobs, and education options.

Berkeley: Molecular & Cell Biology: Even if you do not attend the Berkeley classes, this website is interesting to look through. You can see the career paths of recent graduates, look at the content and requirements for a variety of classes, and note the events taking place within the academic program.

Science Magazine: NetWatch: Educator Sites: This list of online resources has many tools teachers will love. From Ask a Scientist to BioInteractive, this list is great for introducing MCB topics to students. Check out BiosciEdNet for more advanced resources.

BioChemWeb: This is another list of useful teacher resources. Some, such as Wikipedia, can be ignored, but others, such as The History of Cell Biology, make useful starting points in MCB education.

The American Society for Cell Biology: This may seem an odd education resource, but with its sections for advocacy, careers, education, and postdocs, the ASCB is a valuable tool for all advanced students.

Selected Biological Databases

Brock University: Comparative Cellular and Molecular Biology of Longevity: This database collects information on vertebrate species used to study aging, cell decay, and similar fields of research.

BioNumbers: This Harvard project is a database home to many different cell resources based on numbers and specific data points, making it ideal for researchers.

BioProject: This project, once known as the Genome Project, allows you to browse biological information related to one specific organization, project, or topic. Human, mouse, and influenza genomes are just a few of the featured topics.

European Molecular Biology Laboratory: In addition to general resources, this site also includes research tools and databases for researching topics.

IHC World: Protocol Database: This database collects protocols for lab workers, making it an easy reference for both fields of research and specific organization-based projects.

Molecular/Cellular Biology Software

Unipro Ugene: This software is a free, open source tool for bioinformatics – basically, it lets you analyze a variety of sequences even when you are offline. It is supported across many platforms.

BioModels Database: This site is part database, part analysis tool that lets you search for peer-reviewed computational models in systems biology and general biology. These models are useful for inspiration, research, and assignments.

Emboss: Emboss is a collection of open source software designed to help you complete a variety of analysis and experimentation tasks. It is frequently updated and modded to increase its usefulness.

Molecular Biology Software: From Japan comes this list of global tools for you to use when modeling, analyzing sequences, and performing many other types of projects. An excellent resource for online MCB tools.

ExPASy: Bioinformatics Resource Portal: This is like the Molecular Biology Software project, but includes tools in more specific lists, which could be helpful if you have not found what you are looking for yet.

Molecular Biology Services

Biocompare: Molecular Biology Services: This site lets you browse through different service offerings based on the tasks you need completed. You should consider this one of your first online stops for MCB tools.

Invitrogen: Products and Services: Invitrogen is a useful resource for all those lab materials you may need. Review both the Applications and Product Types sidebars to find more information on what you need done or what tools you need to do it.

GenScript: GenScript custom services may be more ideal for an advanced project or a task that requires specific gene synthesis that it would be better to outsource.

Molecular/Cellular Biology Industry Trends

Trends in Cell Biology: Interview with Dr. V. Jo Davisson: This Drug Discovery News interview provides an interesting take on the future of cell biology and the challenges the field faces.

Medical News Today: Globular Molecular Diagnostics Market to Reach $3.67 Billion by 2010: Industry analysis aside, this article pinpoints some of the growing market trends in the field and is worth a survey by all MCB workers.

Related Scientific Pursuits

Newser: Genetic Research: Set this news feed to genetic topics and a range of topics is revealed, many of them including cellular biology.

Ecology: If you can get past the riot of colors, this website specializes in global ecology science and news. Look further to find how much of this news relates to the latest molecular biology studies.

Insciences: This global organization specializes in Biochemistry news and other topics that straddle lines between molecular biology and other fields.

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