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Biology Resource Guide: Selected Websites

Selected Websites

The Cell: An Image Library
Self-described as "a freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms, showcasing cell architecture, intracellular functionalities, and both normal and abnormal processes." Created by theAmerican Society for Cell Biology.
Darwin Online
Wonderful website including Darwin's complete publications, private papers and manuscripts, and a catalog of the Beagle's library. Also recommended is Darwin Manuscripts, over 30,000 digitized pages of manuscripts including color images.
Encyclopedia of Life
EOL's goal, when complete, is to provided "trusted comprehensive information for every named species on Earth." A notable group foundations and scientific institutions support this endeavor. The information on the website is attractively presented and easy to navigate.
"The lecture-style videos describe base biology and chemical principles as well as new developments in the areas covered. Notable faculty from universities throughout the world narrate the lectures, which average 30 minutes in length and are accompanied by animations or PowerPoint slides...The site links to a companion resource, iBioMagazine, which provides a collection of 15-minute videos that emphasize the views of the scientists making the discoveries." (CHOICE magazine review)
Worldwide Protein Data Bank
Founded as a global collaboration in 2003, "the mission of the wwPDB is to maintain a single Protein Data Bank Archive of macromolecular structural data that is freely and publicly available to the global community." wwPDB pools the work of three groups, MSD-EBI, PDBj, and the well-known RCSB Protein Data Bank, based at Rutgers University. This "worldwide repository for the processing and distribution of 3-D biological macromolecular structure data" is worth visiting for its easy-to-use database of protein data.
Miscellaneous Websites/Associations Related to Biology:
American Institute of Biological Sciences
"The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charitable organization dedicated to the use of science to inform decision making for the benefit of the science and society. Our staff members work to achieve the mission by publishing the peer-reviewed journal BioScience, by providing scientific peer review and advisory services to a wide variety of research organizations, and by collaborating with scientists, students, and institutions to advance public policy, education, and the public understanding of science."
American Society for Microbiology
"Established in 1899, ASM is the home for microbial scientists from around the globe to connect, learn, discover and prepare for the future.
ASM and its 36,000 members partner with global organizations to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. We connect with millions of experts and harness their science to serve humanity. From climate change, antimicrobial resistance, industrial, basic and applied microbiology, ASM is a leader in scientific publishing, stands for open science and advocates for evidence-based public policies."
Center for Plant Conservation
"The Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) is a one-of-a-kind network, uniting plant conservationists from botanical gardens, arboreta, and other plant-focused organizations that collaboratively work to save the imperiled plants of the United States, its territories, and Canada, throughout their native range."
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
"FASEB is a federation of scientific societies that advances health and well-being by promoting research and education in biological and biomedical sciences through collaborative advocacy and service to our societies and their members."
MassWildlife's Natural Heritage Endangered Species Program
"The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program is responsible for the conservation and protection of hundreds of species that are not hunted, fished, trapped, or commercially harvested in the state, as well as the protection of the natural communities that make up their habitats."
U.S. Fish & Wildlife: Endangered Species

"We are the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the only agency in the federal government whose primary responsibility is the conservation and management of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the American people. We offer a variety of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and our shared natural heritage. And through our work to conserve natural resources, we provide communities with healthier environments, clean water, flood control and a strong economy."

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