[Bionews] item suggestion
(by Ron_Milo from hms.harvard.edu)
Wed May 28 14:53:34 EST 2008
I am a fellow at the systems biology department in Harvard. I thought
the following item might be of interest even to your mailing list.
BioNumbers - the database of useful biological numbers
I have a non-standard post, but one that will hopefully be of interest
to this community. A group of us in the systems biology department at
Harvard Medical have built a database to store useful biological numbers
( www.bionumbers.org ), such as cell and organelle sizes, diffusion
coefficients, protein concentrations, and much more ranging from
molecular biology to physiology and ecology.
We built the database because of a common realization of how many hours
it can take to find even the most trivial numbers in the biological
literature. And then once the number is found, where to store the
information for future use? Bionumbers is more permanent and more
searchable than post-it notes. The site is meant to rapidly connect you
to literature sources - a sort of Pubmed for numbers, and provide
wiki-like to comment on numbers as well as contribute new numbers.
Please check out our database and maybe even enter some numbers you
would like to keep track of - all database users will benefit from your
entry. BioNumbers is a long-term project and will be continually
improved for the foreseeable future. Any suggestions to make the
database more useful are very welcome ( bionumbers from gmail.com ).
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