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November 15, 2013 (Vol. 33, No. 20)


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I’m not exactly sure why one would name one’s website anything with the word “crawl” in it. Whereas the word brings to mind slowness, sites that employ the word—such as Biocrawler—are anything but slow. In fact, the entire purpose of Biocrawler is to bring information about biotechnology companies to your fingertips fast. The Biocrawler site houses a depository of approximately 600 companies that can be browsed either alphabetically or (more usefully) by topic. The topic list on the homepage is itself extensive, displaying approximately 250 categories ranging from general topics such as “molecules” to more specific topics such as “luciferase assay substrates.” For each company, a brief description is given, along with a link to the company’s site. The database is limited in that companies must pay a subscription to be included on the Biocrawler site; however, this at least ensures site visitors that all of the companies listed are still in business.

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