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Botcasting: Listening to your Journal Feeds

If you’ve worked at a lab before, you’ve no doubt noticed a certain rhythm to the day. People come in early, setup their experiments, and by 10 the experiments for the day are underway, and the scientists are working on … Continue reading

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A Pocketful of Rye

Unlike the Agatha Christie mystery referred to in the title of this piece, there are some mysteries that seem to defy a single answer.  One of those mysteries is how most scientists manage to keep up-to-date given the growing avalanche of developments in their … Continue reading

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Advanced PubMed Searching

In previous postings (listed at the bottom of the article), I described some of the advanced features in PubMed that you can use to quickly narrow the field of your search in PubMed.  Recently I started working on some updates … Continue reading

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More Chrome Search Engines

In a previous post, I described how you could configure the Google Chrome browser to make searching simple.  For example, if you wanted to search PubMed you would simply type PubMed, press the Tab key, and enter your search query. … Continue reading

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ClinVar: Clinically Relevant Gene Variations

ClinVar, NCBI’s database of clinically relevant gene variations, has continued to grow since my earlier post, so I thought I would revisit the subject and show you some of the features that it has. To get started, visit the ClinVar … Continue reading

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SwissVar: Clinically Relevant Protein Variations

In a previous post, I described ClinVar, the NCBI’s database of clinically relevant protein variations.  Recently, I came across SwissProt’s version of this database called SwissVar. SwissVar is designed to help you answer two questions: What diseases is this protein involved … Continue reading

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Tips for Better PubMed Searches

PubMed is one of those tools that everyone uses but not everyone uses it well.  Usually your enthusiasm for investigating the search results will wane after the third or fourth page of results. Here are a few tips for making … Continue reading

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