Portals / Gateways

Biotechnology Digital Library.  From AcademicInfo.

Biotechnology Links and General Resources.  From AcademicInfo.

Genetic Information Search Engines.  From the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute, the U.S. National Institutes of Health.  The search engines include the following:

  • Genomics and Disease Prevention from the Centers for Disease Control.
  • National Information Resource on Ethics & Human Genetics from Georgetown University.
  • National Library of Medicine: PubMed.
  • National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center

Government of Canada BioPortal.  Provides sections on BioBasics (i.e., environment, food, health, industrial biotech, natural resources, sustainable development, and glossary), Canadian bioregulations, BioWorld (i.e., several major subject areas, information on biotech in several countries, a thorough index of topics, and an advanced-search feature), and more.

Biotechnology Industry Organization.

Intro to Biotechnology.  From DuPont, this section answers many questions in simple language. It also includes information on biotechnology history, science, safety, news, glossary, discussion topics, research, links and more.

Martindale's The Reference Desk.  "Calculators, Applets, Spreadsheets, and where Applicable includes: Courses, Manuals, Handbooks, Simulations, Animations, Videos," and more.

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).  A joint venture of NLM (National Library of Medicine) and NIH (National Institutes of Health), this searchable web site is a wealth of information on biotechnology for topics such as molecular and genomic biology, research, education, tutorials, and software and data downloads.

Online Genetics Education Resources.  From the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute.

Open Directory Project.  Associations, research groups and centers, societal issues, agriculture and food, biomedical and tissue engineering, bioremediation, biotherapeutics, genomics, human gene therapy, stem cells, and more.

Yahoo! Directory.  The Directory's collection of biotechnology sites.

 

Audio-Video

Biology Animation Library.  From Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  Animations include cloning, DNA arrays, DNA transformation, gel electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction, Sanger sequencing, and more.

Cell Signals.  From Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Interactive Knowledge, Inc.  "This 3-D animation brings to life the inner workings of a fibroblast cell as it responds to external signals."

Chromosome 11 Flyover.  From Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  "Zoom along a three-dimensional rendering of 650,000 nucleotides of human chromosome 11 to see how little actually encodes protein."

Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences.  From BiosciEdNet and sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  Many animations covering many aspects of biology.

Greenomes.  From Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and funded by the National Science Foundation.  Provides "laboratory and bioinformatics exercises to introduce students to modern plant genetics and genome research."

Inside Cancer: Multimedia Guide to Cancer Biology.  From Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  Covers hallmarks of cancer, causes and prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and pathways to cancer.

Nobel Laureates in DNA from the Beginning.  From Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  Covers laureates from 1933 to 2007.  The site provides "animated explanations of their groundbreaking work."

Seed Biotechnology Center.  From the University of California at Davis.

Your Genes, Your Health: A Multimedia Guide to Genetic Disorders.  From Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  Covers Marfan Syndrome, hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, Huntington Disease, sickle-cell disease, Tay-Sachs Disease, Down Syndrome, Alzheimer's Disease, and others.

 

Biotechnology in Agriculture

Agricultural Biotechnology.  From the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  This site provides agency descriptions, an FAQ, a biotech glossary, and more.

Information Systems for Biotechnology.  A long list of annotated sites; contains some dead links.

Agriculture Network Information Center (AgNIC).  The site provides news, full-text information from a variety of reputable resources, a toolkit, a subject-list of resources, and more.

Council for Biotechnology Information.  Resources, information, news, events, links, a YouTube channel, and more.

European Food Information Council (EUFIC).  Information about food safety and quality, food technology, nutrition, health and lifestyle, diet-related diseases, consumer insights, food for thought (i.e., the latest science), lifestyle and energy balance online, events, links (in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German), podcasts, and more.

Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology.  "...the information sharing initiative of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization that delivers the benefits of new agricultural biotechnologies to farmers in developing countries for poverty alleviation."  ISAAA is the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications.  News, crop biotech updates, events, companies, organizations, universities, government institutions, professional societies, public databases, and more.

Information Systems for Biotechnology (ISB).  From Virginia Tech University.  ISB "provides information resources to support the environmentally responsible use of agricultural biotechnology products.  Here you will find documents and searchable databases pertaining to the development, testing and regulatory review of genetically modified plants, animals and microorganisms within the US and abroad."

Seed Biotechnology Center.  From the University of California at Davis.  Events, publications, research, useful resources, useful websites, and more.

U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agriculture Library.

 

Biotechnology in Human Health Care

American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy: Sites of Interest.  Related links on academic and research institutions, federal regulations, publications, societies, meetings, and patient / consumer sites.

Clinical Trials.  From the U.S. National Institutes of Health.  This is "a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals."

Human Genome Project Information.  From the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science.  Many, many links to the Human Genome Project, medicine & the new genetics, media tools, publications, ethical issues, social issues, legal issues, educational resources, sources of videos, an image gallery, meetings, fact sheets, research programs, recent news, and more.

Your Genes, Your Health: A Multimedia Guide to Genetic Disorders.  From Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  Covers Marfan Syndrome, hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, Huntington Disease, sickle-cell disease, Tay-Sachs Disease, Down Syndrome, Alzheimer's Disease, and others.

 

Companies, Careers, Jobs, and Education

Biospace.  Search for jobs in the U.S. and foreign countries, post a resume, career fairs, company profiles, and more.

Biotechnology Institute.  Overview, employment opportunities, career profiles, how to pursue a biotechnology career, industry facts, and more.

Nanotechnology Companies.  A directory of nanotech companies from Nanotechnology Made Easey.

National Biotech Register.  A searchable file of company profiles, products, and services of 3500 leading companies plus news and resources such as government agencies.

 

Dictionaries / Glossaries

Agricultural Biotechnology Glossary.  From the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Library (NAL).

BioBasics.  From the Government of Canada.

FAO Glossary of Biotechnology for Food and Agriculture.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Human Genome Program.   From the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science.

Nanotechnology Glossary.  From nanotech-now.com.

Seed Biotechnology Center.  From the University of California at Davis.  Several dictionaries pertaining to a variety of biotechnology areas.

Stem-Cell Information.  From the National Institutes of Health.

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms.  From the National Human Genome Research Institute of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

 

Ethical, Legislative, Regulatory, and Political Issues

Bioethics Resources on the Web.  From the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This gives links (many annotated) to sites dealing with background information including a variety of positions on bioethics issues, animal and human bioethics research, education, health care, genetics, and more.

Bioethics Resources. From the Biotechnology Industry Organization (see below).

Biotechnology Case Law and Regulation.  From Louisiana State University Law Center.

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).  News, national issues (e.g., bioethics, intellectual property, regulatory), state and local issues.

Biotechnology Regulatory Services.  From the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

Council for Responsible Genetics (CRG).  "The Council for Responsible Genetics fosters public debate about the social, ethical and environmental implications of genetic technologies.  Founded in 1983, CRG is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts."  Provides access to current and past projects, a genetic bill of rights, information on race and genetics, gene myths, forensic DNA, a list of pertinent books and other organizations, and GreenWatch, a magazine "dedicated to monitoring biotechnology’s social, ethical and environmental consequences."

The Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research Program.  From the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute.  Provides an overview, research priorities, research-funding opportunities, centers of excellence in ELSI research, and more.

Human Genome Ethical Policy and Legislation Database by U.S. State.  From the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute.  Find pertinent legislation for any U.S. state.  Also provides a related glossary.

Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.  Reports, transcripts, background materials, and more.

THOMAS.  Legislative information from The Library of Congress.

 

Government and Organizations

Biotechnology Agencies.  From the University of California-Davis's Seed Biotechnology Center.

Biotechnology Associations & Organizations.  From Harvard Business School.  Links to government, state, university and some international biotech organizations.

Biotechnology Organizations.  From AcademicInfo.

Nanotechnology Center for Learning and Teaching (NCLT).  Managed and headquartered at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.  Provides nano lessons, resources, nanoconcepts and simulations, news, workshops, nanoresearch and education centers, and more.

National Human Genome Research Institute.  From the U.S. National Institutes of Health.  Covers research, grants, health, policy and ethics, educational resources, careers and training, news, and more.

National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).  The NNI "provides a multi-agency framework to ensure U.S. leadership in nanotechnology that will be essential to improved human health, economic well being and national security.  The NNI invests in fundamental research to further understanding of nanoscale phenomena and facilitates technology transfer."  Covers nanotech facts, research, society and safety, funding opportunities, nanotechnology centers, a newsroom, and education center, resources, and more.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  Established in 1961 and located in Paris, France, the "OECD brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world to:

  • Support sustainable economic growth
  • Boost employment
  • Raise living standards
  • Maintain financial stability
  • Assist other countries' economic development
  • Contribute to growth in world trade

The Organisation provides a setting where governments compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice and coordinate domestic and international policies."  The site covers biotech policies, the bioeconomy, biosafety, intellectual property rights, research programs, news, statistics, publications, information by country, a newsletter, related topics (e.g., sustainable development, environment, health, fisheries, agriculture), and more.

United Nations International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.  Searchable site of this international organization dedicated to research and training especially in the developing world.

 

Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology

Bio Online.  The Biotechnology Industry Organization.  Many links related to biotechnology / biology in areas such as industry information, products, careers, news, and research.

Center for Environmental Biotechnology.  From the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  This site has information of specific research, links, and an extensive bibliography of publications related to environmental biotechnology.

Environmental Biotechnology.  From the Government of Canada.  Covers bioindicators, bioremediation, phytoremediation, transgenic trees, and bioregulations.

Industrial Biotechnology.  From the Government of Canada.  Covers biochemicals, biopolymers and bioplastics, the textile industry, industrial applications of enzymes, microbial-enhanced oil recovery, starch bioprocessing, bioregulations, and more.

Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research.  From the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  This searchable site includes information and links on bioremediation research, news, reports and more. Bioremediation is the use of living organisms to degrade or transform hazardous contaminates.

Useful Internet Resources for Microbial Biotechnology.  From the University of Minnesota Biocatalysis / Biodegradation database.  This has links covering chemicals, enzymes, metabolism, microorganisms, biodegradation, general sites, and student choices of most interesting sites.

 

Miscellaneous Biotechnology Sites

Biospace.  Searchable site loaded with links on breaking news, careers / jobs, clinical developments, U.S. and international companies, investor information, internet links, real estate, and more.

Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture.  From the the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.  Provides FAO documents, FAO activities, an electronic forum, news, events, a glossary, country policy documents, additional links, and more.  Presented in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, and Russian.

Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center.  From Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  Covers genetic origins, greenomes (i.e., modern plant genetics and genome research), silencing genomes, eugenics archive, your genes and your health, inside cancer, DNA from the beginning, DNA interactive, dynamic gene (i.e., analyzing and comparing genes from cereal grains), bioservers, news, and more.

DNAinteractive.  From Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  Includes a timeline, discovery of the structure of DNA, manipulation of DNA, the human genome, and more.

DNA from the Beginning: An animated primer on the basics of DNA, genes, and heredity.  "DNA from the Beginning is organized around key concepts.  The science behind each concept is explained by: animation, image gallery, video interviews, problem, biographies, and links."

Genetic Science Learning Center.  From The University of Utah.  Covers stem cells, cloning, gene therapy, transgenic mice, virtual labs (e.g., DNA extraction, gel electrophoresis), a tour of the basics, DNA to protein, heredity and traits, amazing cells, epigenetics, addiction, personalized medicine, family health history, a genetic-disorders library, molecular genealogy, and more.

Genopedia.  From the Human Genome Epidemiology Network, Office of Public Health Genomics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Look up gene-disease-association summaries by gene.

HuGE Navigator.  From the Human Genome Epidemiology Network, Office of Public Health Genomics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The HuGE Navigator is an "integrated, searchable knowledge base of genetic associations and human genome epidemiology."  It "provides access to a continuously updated knowledge base in human genome epidemiology, including information on population prevalence of genetic variants, gene-disease associations, gene-gene and gene-environment interactions, and evaluation of genetic tests."

Impacts of Genetic Engineering.  From the Union of Concerned Scientists.  Impacts pertaining to food and agriculture.  Information is divided into basic, in-depth, analysis, and tools and resources

Molecular Biology Web Book.  Covers cells and viruses; protein structure and function; nucleic acids, genomes, and proteomics; gene transcription; posttransciptional processes; cell signaling and apoptosis; DNA replication, mutation, and repair; cell division and system development; biotechnology and bioinformatics; genes and diseases; and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory.

Pharmacogenomics.  From the Genetic Science Learning Center at The University of Utah.

Phenopedia.  From the Human Genome Epidemiology Network, Office of Public Health Genomics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Look up gene-disease-association summaries by disease.

PLoS: Public Library of Science.  "PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource."  Provides access to articles from such pertinent journals as PLoS Biology, PLoS Medicine, and PLoS Genetics.  News, events, and articles from other journals are also provided.

 

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology Made Clear.  Provides a nanotech introduction, nanotech applications (e.g., medicine, air and water quality, energy, electronics, food), companies, jobs, articles, educational resources, and more.

HowStuffWorks: Nanotechnology.  Introduction; the world of nanotech; nanowires and carbon nanotubes; nanotech products; the future of nanotech; nanotech challenges, risks, and ethics; and more.

Nanotechnology: The Power of Small.  Presents videos dealing with such major topics as "Privacy: Safer societies or no more secrets?," "Health: Longer lives?  But who decides?," and "Environment: Cleaner world or potential pollution?"

Nanotechnology Center for Learning and Teaching (NCLT).  Managed and headquartered at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.  Provides nano lessons, resources, nanoconcepts and simulations, news, workshops, nanoresearch and education centers, and more.

National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).  The NNI "provides a multi-agency framework to ensure U.S. leadership in nanotechnology that will be essential to improved human health, economic well being and national security.  The NNI invests in fundamental research to further understanding of nanoscale phenomena and facilitates technology transfer."  Covers nanotech facts, research, society and safety, funding opportunities, nanotechnology centers, a newsroom, and education center, resources, and more.

 

Stem Cells

Stem-Cell Research News.  Stem-cell research and business news, stem-cell cures, stem cell links, and more.

Stem-Cell Information.  From the U.S. National Institutes of Health.  Stem-cell basics, a FAQ, current research, events, scientific literature, a glossary, research topics, federal policy, announcements, and more.

 

Timelines / Chronologies

Biotechnology Industry Organization.  Timeline: 8,000 Years of Mankind.

Biotechnology in Food: Milestones in Food Development.  From the European Food Information Council (EUFIC).  Covers 500,000 B.C. to 1995.

DNAinteractive.  From Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  Covers 1866 to recent times.

National Human Genome Research Institute.  Covers the 1800s and into the future.

 

Tutorials

Seed Biotechnology Center.  From the University of California at Davis.

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