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Mar 01, 2008 (Vol. 28, No. 5)


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I have to say that I really like the title of this site and I wish I’d thought it up. Scitizen’s subtitle is “Bringing Science Closer to Society” and I can’t think of a more aptly named site. With a format best described as open news source (contributions are welcomed from everyone), the opening page is not unlike a newspaper, with headlines and story lead-ins below that hyperlink to outside articles. The topics that are covered span a wide range of the biological sciences, including technology, biology, and environmental sciences. Sub-categories, include stem cells, biodiversity, future energies, climate change, and more. To be a contributor requires users to register at the site, but that is not at all uncommon for sites of with this sort of content. I found the quality of articles (some of which are YouTube videos) to be outstanding and their topicality cannot be doubted. An outstanding site that I will keep bookmarked on my computer.
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*The opinions expressed are solely those of the author(s) and should not be construed as reflecting the viewpoints of the publisher, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., the publishing house, or employees and affiliates thereof.

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