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February 15, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 4)

Genetic Biodiversity Homepage

  • Well written
  • A bit brief for novices
The second NBII site, Genetic Biodiversity, was a bit of a surprise. In contrast to the Botany page, NBII's Genetic Biodiversity site relies not on organization and links to tell its story, but rather via educational modules sprinkled only occasionally with links. The modules are mostly in a tutorial format and cover topics ranging from very basic principles, such as basic genetics/cell biology and genetic analysis in the laboratory to more advanced aspects of diversity, such as forensics/field research and diversity in agriculture. The difference from the Botany page is striking. While I found the educational material to be informative, I have to wonder how useful it will be to novices, which appears to be the group it is aimed at. A mixed bag, to be sure.
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