October 1, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 17)
Strong Points: Simple organization
Weak Points: Could be broader
This is a useful website with a clever name that invokes images of two things. One of the things for those of us who some describe as gene jockeys is a DNA sequence recognized by the restriction endonuclease Sal I. The real reason for the name is as an integrated web portal for salamander researchers. Hosted at the University of Kentucky, Sal-Site provides a convenient jumping-off point to excellent resources, including the Ambystoma EST Database, a genetic Map & Marker Collection, a collection of full-length genes from two salamander species, the Salamander Genome Project, and the Ambystoma Genetic Stock Center. According to the opening page, the Sal-Site has had more than 500,000 hits in the past 10 months. That’s serious traffic, folks.