Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Useful links

Here are listed some links anyone interested in animal science and topics related to it might find useful. The list will quite likely expand later on.

DAD-IS, Domestic animal diversity information system
DAD-IS is the Domestic Animal Diversity Information System hosted by FAO. It is a communication and information tool for implementing strategies for the management of animal genetic resources (AnGR). It provides the user with searchable databases of breed-related information and images.

Videos about animal welfare
FAO provides the public with myriad videos on animal welfare. The videos cover topics such as who's who in animal welfare, ethical issues, population management etc. 

OMIA - Online Mendelian Inheritancy in Animals
OMIA is a catalogue/compendium of inherited disorders, other (single-locus) traits, and genes in 188 animal species (not including human, mice and rats) authored by Professor Frank Nicholas with help from many people over the years.

National Center for Biotechnology Information
The National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information. Find 3D images of proteins, information on DNA and RNA, genomes, maps, literature and powerful tools for analysing genomic data.

The Merck Veterinary Manual
Merck has created The Merck Manuals, a series of books for human and animal health care professionals and for the general public. As a service to the community, the content of The Manuals is available free of charge in enhanced online versions. The online versions are updated periodically with new information and contain illustrations and audio and video material not present in the print versions.

European Comission: Agriculture and Rural development
This site describes the common agricultural policy (GAP) in the EU, and lays out its policy areas, funding etc.

Essential Biochemistry
Essential Biochemistry, by Charlotte Pratt and Kathleen Cornely, is an introductory biochemistry textbook for college courses. It provides in-depth coverage of the most fundamental areas of modern biochemistry and is fully integrated with multimedia exercises incorporating animations and interactive molecular graphics.

Interactive concepts in biochemistry
Wiley's interactive animations for understanding the complicated reactions and processes in biochemistry. Includes quizzes, tutorials and web links. The site also features Nucleotides Game, which helps to recognize the different nucleotides by their biochemical structure.

RCSB Protein Data Bank
 An Information Portal to Biological Macromolecular Structures. The site offers tools to explore the molecules of biological processes that define life, offering plethora of information and tools for teachers and students alike.

Khan Academy
Hundreds of free, easily understandable, approximately 10 minute videos on mathematics, chemistry, biology, history,  humanities, computer science etc. The topics of the videos cover basic courses in colleges and universities. Recommended for anyone, especially those who sit during the lectures just staring at the wall.

GMO Compass
News, research summaries, reports and information on all the research on genetically modified plants in EU. Includes also reviews on the safety of GM plants, and updates on how different research projects are progressing. The site has also info on labeling, using and regulating genetically modified plants as food or feed.

Molecular Farming
The use of transgenic plants for the production of recombinant proteins is called molecular farming (MF). It is a promising alternative for conventional production systems such as animal cell lines and microbial cultures. The site has information on the publications, target molecules, research, plans and participants related to MF.

WebCutter 2.0
Webcutter allows the user to input a sequence of DNA, and then shows all the possible restriction sites in that sequence. It shows silent and one-time cutter enzymes as well. Webcutter can analyse degenerate, linear and circular sequences, and it is based on the reliable NCBI's GenBank database.

Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry
Online material related to the topics in the common course book Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry. This Web site is designed to help you review key concepts from your textbook. Some content requires you to log on, but a lot is available for everyone. The technique animations are especially useful for understanding complex techniques like PCR, DNA synthesis and cloning.

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