PubMed is probably the most important database used by scientists across the globe. Most researchers will routinely do a PubMed search to look for relevant literature on a monthly, if not weekly, basis. But how many of us really know how to use PubMed to its fullest extent? How much more efficient would our literature searches be if we just knew how to make the most out of PubMed? Luckily, NCBI, has put together a YouTube channel with detailed explanations on how to use many of their advanced products. Here is a video demonstrating how to use the PubMed Advanced Search Builder. Be sure to checkout the NCBI YouTube page for more great videos.
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The iPhone has a ton of great apps for the high-tech, molecular biologist. Here’s a clip I found on youtube demonstrating how to couple the iPhone with RFID technology. The user downloaded a nucleotide sequence from an RFID tagged tree and pasted it into NCBI BLAST. The BLAST result appeared on the screen of the iPhone. Unfortunately, the iPhone does not have an RFID reader incorporated in the unit so the user had to use an intermediate device (in this case a Nokia 6131 cell phone) to get the sequence from the tag to the iPhone. Fortunately, since this clip was posted last summer, new technology has become available that allows iPhone users to turn their device into an RFID reader as well.
We’re on the lookout for more iphone apps for the molecular biologist. Which useful apps have you come across?