October 15, 2008 (Vol. 28, No. 18)
Strong Points: Very thorough, well organized
Weak Points: A bit of an eyesore
If you’ve ever felt frustration at the lack of ability to express yourself, you may relate to the cell that must rely on proteins and ligands to communicate with the other cells of the body. UCSD-Nature’s Signaling Gateway contains a “phonebook” of information about this important topic. As described at the site, this unique collaboration provides up-to-the-minute information on the topic. Each month the site features a “hot new cell signaling article from Nature Publishing,” and full access to it is provided for three months. A listing of the latest news is available in the section labeled Highlights, and recent full length articles are free. After a few months, however, login is required. Access to Nature Jobs is also available, and these are divided by discipline. Though I found the site to not be particularly attractive visually, the availability of free cutting-edge articles and frequent updates of the site make it a very worthwhile place to visit. A must for anyone interested in signal transduction.