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How to design experiments logically

Ines Chyla

Genome Biology 2000, 1:reports209  doi:10.1186/gb-2000-1-1-reports209

The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at: http://genomebiology.com/2000/1/1/reports/209


Received:22 October 1999
Published:17 March 2000

© 2000 BioMed Central Ltd

Content

A comprehensive repertoire of tools available to attack fundamental biological problems is presented here. Aimed at both students and researchers, this is a source of new ideas to help tackle specific problems in research. There are six pages: experimental design and logic (homepage); proteins; mRNAs and cDNAs; antibodies; DNA and genes; and a dictionary. Techniques are described, with a concentration on the logic behind each experimental approach and its use to address different biological issues. Technical terms are linked to, and explained in, the dictionary.

Navigation

All pages have a menu at the top, making navigation around the site relatively easy. The pages are very long though, and within pages (except the homepage) there are no 'back to the top' links. Links that are accompanied by an asterisk lead to the appropriate alphabetical section of the dictionary, but not to the relevant entry itself. Also, there are a few internal page links that do not work.

Reporter's comments

Timeliness

The site was last updated 25 November 1997.

Best feature

There is extensive linking to and from the dictionary across the site and this enables visitors to read the topics in any order.

Worst feature

Individual pages are too long.

Wish list

A third layer of pages to cut down on length would be useful. Repair of the misdirected internal links would also make the long pages easier to navigate.

Related websites

Kimball's biology pages provide a comprehensive online biology reference book.

Table of links

Assumptions made about all sites unless otherwise specified:
The site is free, in English and no registration is required. It is relatively quick to download, can be navigated by an 'intermediate' user, and no problems with connection were found. The site does not stipulate that any particular browser be used and no special software/plug-ins are required to view the site. There are relatively few gratuitous images and each page has its own URL, allowing it to be bookmarked.