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Apr 15, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 8)

The Microbe Project

URL:www.microbeproject.gov
  • A few useful links
  • VERY uninspired
Hmmmm. This site turned out to be quite different from what I thought it would be when I first picked it for inclusion here. It has an attractive front end with techie looking images on the front page and a panel on the left that appears to link to a wide variety of related information. The site bills itself as a portal, which basically means it provides links to a variety of places. Yawn. The panel of links on the left turn out to be links to simple pages about the support of various federal agencies for the project. Yawn. Some of the links that the site does lead to that are useful include connections to genomic sequencing efforts, federal reports on the project, and several funding opportunities. Overall, a disappointing site.
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