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Nov 15, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 20)

Beginner's Guide to Molecular Biology

URL:www.rothamsted.bbsrc.ac.uk/notebook/courses.guide
  • Informative
  • Too retro
It’s been a while since I covered molecular biology education, so I thought it was time to do so again. Aimed at beginners, as noted in the title, Beginner’s Guide to Molecular Biology may be on the cutting edge of the first retro movement among scientific websites. Consider the graphics—vintage late 90s with somewhat primitive 2-D images. Second, the organization revolves around 13 hyperlinks on the opening page. The descriptions and organization of content is straightforward and makes for an educational experience for visitors. I can’t help wondering, however, if this isn’t simply a set of pages caught in a virtual time warp.
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