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April 15, 2007 (Vol. 27, No. 8)

Biocompare - Buyer's Guide for Life Scientists

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I’m pretty careful with online (or offline, for that matter) “buyer’s guides,” because they generally are not really aimed at buyers, but rather at sellers who want to put ads in your face. This one too has that philosophy, and I wouldn’t include it if it didn’t have something else to offer. First, like other sites of this ilk, you’ll be pressed to find what you’re after since the ads dominate the actual content of the site. If you’re persistent though, you’ll discover an amazing array of information. For example, the product directory has 12 categories (e.g., Antibodies, Cell Biology, Microarrays) and these each have subcategories. Looking for human caspase 10? Bingo—four different suppliers. How about ovine cytokines? Got ‘em covered. The list goes on and on. After awhile, you’ll get used to the ads, which is probably what they want, so give this one a try the next time you’re looking for a bioproduct.
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