October 1, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 17)


Strong Points: Good coverage of topic
Weak Points: For researchers only

If you’ve never seen a live jellyfish in an aquarium setting, you really ought to. Serving as reminders of a primitive life form and providing a link to a very different time in evolutionary history, the Cnidarians are the best combinations of beauty and simplicity to be found among multicellular organisms. Cnidbase provides tools for researchers interested in these fascinating organisms. Though the title suggests an evolutionary perspective, most of what I saw was of general interest. It included a keyword search of genes and homologs, Cnidarian BLASTs, a Literature Scan, a few useful links, and that was about it. That’s not bad mind you—in fact, it’s just about perfect for researchers in this field.

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