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Feb 15, 2011 (Vol. 31, No. 4)

The Human Protein Atlas

URL:www.proteinatlas.org
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There are just some things that consistently make scientists happy. Among these are high-quality data, acceptance of your manuscript for publication, and, of course, beautiful images. Yes, nothing quite makes my day like a triple-stained image showing the subcell­ular localization of my favorite protein. If you share my enthusiasm, then you will absolutely love The Human Protein Atlas, a wonderful website that combines beautiful images with additional information about specific proteins. For each protein there is a summary, information about the gene/protein and antibody/antigen, and expression data for subcellular location, normal and cancer tissues, cell lines, and RNA. My favorite feature of the site is that it combines expression data from different experimental methods, such as immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, Western blots, and RNA-Seq. So if lab is getting you down, head over to this gorgeous site for a multicolored pick-me-up.

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