May 1, 2005 (Vol. 25, No. 9)


Strong Points: 2-D Images
Weak Points: Narrow Scope

Let’s say you’re a researcher working on Caulobacter crescentus, Streptomyces coelicolor, or Streptomyces granaticolor. You’ll probably love the SWICZ: Swiss-Czech Proteomics Server. It has proteomic databases devoted to these three organisms. These are arranged around 2-D gel images that allow users to click on a spot and learn more about the protein that migrated to that location. On the other hand, if you’re working on any other organism in biology, you’ll probably wonder why the designers of this site used such a broad title to identify a site with such a narrow scope. OK, maybe I’m being a bit harsh, but I think this site is a little misleading in what it provides. On the plus side, the information is nicely organized and the ability to learn about a protein by clicking on a spot is very useful.

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