TITLE: Genamics

ACCESS: http://genamics.com

Genamics, possibly a wedding of the words "genetics" and "dynamics," is a website for scientists. It has four components: SoftwareSeek, JournalSeek, GenomeSeek, and BookSeek. Genamics' SoftwareSeek is an online directory of software for use in molecular biology and biochemistry. It includes both freely-distributable and commercial tools, and contains more than 1100 entries. The topics represented are biochemistry, chemistry, DNA sequence analysis, education, format conversion utilities, genetics, genome analysis, graphing and statistical analysis, image analysis, laboratory utilities, medicine, molecular modeling, non-science, phylogenetic analysis, the polymerase chain reaction, protein identification, protein sequence analysis, protein structure analysis, protein structure prediction, RNA structure prediction, reference, sequence alignment, sequence presentation, and miscellany. A "Recent Additions" feature allows one to link conveniently to newly added software titles. Also, for each software, SoftwareSeek lists the platform on which it runs, (Windows, MS-DOS, Mac, Unix or Linux).

Genamics' JournalSeek is a database of journal information. The journal information includes aims and scope, journal abbreviations, web links, and ISSNs. JournalSeek contains more than 8500 titles, and its coverage extends beyond genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry to many other fields. The field of physics, for example, has 552 journals listed. This is why I said above that Genamics is a site for scientists, not just for geneticists, molecular biologists, or biochemists. The journal information in JournalSeek allows a scientist to identify likely journals in which to publish his or her research, and to locate new journals of interest. In addition, librarians may make use of the annotations, which are good, of the various journal titles as mini-reviews of the journals when making selection decisions. The annotations are a welcome feature, since reviews of journals can be hard to come by.

Genamics' GenomeSeek is an online directory providing access to current and completed microbial genome projects on the web. The 113 genome projects linked to are divided into bacteria (79), Archaea (13), and Eucarya (21); complete (29) and incomplete (84); and published (24) and unpublished (89). Since genome projects are very, very well represented on the web, GenomeSeek is a nice directory to know about.

Genamics' BookSeek is a searchable database of biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, and molecular biology books. Clicking on a title connects one to the online bookstore amazon.com, where one can buy the book.

Finally, it should be noted that anyone may make a submission to the Genamics site. According to the Genamics Open Resource Project FAQ, Genamics has made the SoftwareSeek, JournalSeek, GenomeSeek, and BookSeek databases fully editable by the public. Genamics feels that by freely allowing users to modify and add to the databases, they will grow in ways that an entirely self-contained system could not. Genamics also says that a continuous stream of small contributions from users around the world helps keep the databases highly accurate and up to date. Of course, one wonders, how does this affect the reliability of the information on the site? The FAQ explains that all submissions that come from the public are examined by the Genamics editorial staff. Remember, however, that the public submissions are posted first, and examined only later.

Penelope Papangelis
Western Kentucky University
December, 1999

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