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Current Opinion in Genetics & Development 1997, 7:453
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A selection of World Wide Web sites relevant to papers published in this issue of Current Opinion in Genetics & Development, General references 'WWW Virtual Library- Developmental Biology' http://sdb.bio.purdue.edu/Other/VL_DB.html This site, part of the WVVW Virtual Library Project, is maintained by the Society for Developmental Biology. It is a list of links to many WWW sites of interest to developmental biologists, including research projects of individual labs, online journals, and online research resources. 'The Virtual Embryo'
This site provides many links of interest to the developmental biologist, including journals, interesting articles, and WWW-based learning resources.
Specific o r g a n i s m s 'The Interactive Fly' htt p://sdb.bio.purdue.edu/fly/aimain/1 aahome.htm A website that is a cyberspace guide to Drosophila genes and their roles in development. It classifies genes by their biochemical and developmental functions, and includes information such as the gene's name and map position, a biological overview of its function, and details about the gene and protein structure. 'Flybrain' htt p://mantis.neurobio.arizona.edu/Flybrain/ "Flybrain" is an online atlas and database of the Drosophila nervous system. It contains a variety of anatomical descriptions of the central and peripheral nervous system at various stages of development to the adult. 'The Xenopus Molecular Marker Resource' http://vize222.zo.utexas.edu/ This site contains a variety of information of use to researchers who work on Xenopus. It provides, among other things, a collection of wholemount staining patterns using antibody and nucleic acid probes, a description of selected laboratory protocols, and a white pages listing of Xenopus research labs. 'The Fish Net' http://zfishstix.cs.uoregon.edu/ The "Fish Net" provides access to zebrafish research databases, including =The Zebrafish Book", a guide for the laboratory use of zebrafish, a list of zebrafish strains, and descriptions and illustrations of the stages of embryonic development.
'The Urchin Web' http://220.127.116.11/urchin/urchinweb.html The best place to start if you are interested in sea urchins. The site, developed by David Epel's Lab at Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station, contains almost everything that you would like to know about sea urchin biology,
beginning with a list of sea urchin researchers and ending with links to sea urchin commercial resources.
'Embryo Image Archive'
http:llwww.sar.usf.edul-ruediger/BIOLOGYlarchivelembryo.html The purpose of this archive is to provide a graphical resource for researchers in developmental biology. The archive is a collection of links to images of developing embryos- the images of developing sea urchin and zebrafish are available at the moment.
'The Visible Embryo'
The =Visible Embryo" is a teaching resource of the first four weeks of human development: from fertilization to somitogenesis. The site, maintained by Carmen Arbon of the University of California, San Franciso, contains an interesting collection of links to other embryological sites.
'Angiosperm Structure & Function Tutorials' http://biog-101-104.bio.cornell.edu/BioG 101 _104/tutorials/ botany.html These tutorials are part of the online resources for Cornell University's introductory biology class. They contain high-quality images of root, stem, and leaf cross sections. Interactive questions and answers are also provided.
Gene families 'Cytokine Family cDNA Database'
The Cytokine Family cDNA Database (dbCFC) is a collection of EST (expressed sequence tag) records of cytokines deposited in the NCBI's GenBank database. It provides information about the mapping of EST records to cytokine members and related data contained in other databases including GenBank, dbEST, GDB, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM), The Transgenic/Targeted Mutation Database (TBASE), Unique Human Gene Sequence Collection (UniGene), Anatomical Expression Database of Human Genes (BodyMap), Mouse Genome Database (MGD), and Human/Mouse Homology Relationships. 'The H o m e o b o x Page'
Thomas BLirglin at the University of Basel in Switzerland maintains this site which contains basic information about homeobox genes; in particular about their classification and evolution. It also displays homeobox protein sequence alignments.
Teaching resources 'The Biology Project'
http:/Iwww.biology.arizona.edul The "Biology Project" is an interactive online resource for learning biology developed at The University of Arizona. It has been designed for biology students at the college and high school level, but is useful for medical students, physicians, science writers, and other interested people.
'The Amphibian Embryology Tutorial'
http :/Iwww.library. wisc.edu/ guides/Biotogy/ demolfrog2/
mainmenu.html This tutorial, developed at the University of Wisconsin, is part of an ongoing project designed to implement multimedia and computer-based learning materials in the university undergraduate classroom. It has been developed to aid the study of morphogenetic events during early amphibian development. 'Zygote' http://zygote.swarthmore.edu/ The main purpose of this website is to provide materials to supplement and enrich courses in developmental biology. It provides updates to the material presented in the textbook "Developmental Biology" (fifth edition), published by Sinauer Associates, as well as details which were not included in the book; however, you need not have purchased the hardcopy to appreciate the essays, papers, and movies presented at this site.