August 1, 2013 (Vol. 33, No. 14)
Strong Points: Plenty of resources
Weak Points: Not the best site organization
Though not apparent from its name, the Salk Institute Genomic Analysis Laboratory (SIGnAL) is an oasis for Arabidopsis research. With a number of past and active research projects represented on the website, the SIGnAL site can be a tad difficult to navigate—or at the very least, a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, visitors to the site are helped out by the site map, which nicely organizes the site’s contents into seven major categories: databases and applications, datasets, T-DNA, T-DNA genotyping, microarray, FL-cDNA, and “about us.” Within these categories, visitors will find a plethora of resources and tools, such as a CREB target database, Arabidopsis transcriptome datasets, and links to some Arabidopsis and plant biology educational websites. Finally, so as to not slight the nonplant biologists out there, the website also contains links to a few human and mouse epigenetics databases.