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  • AmphibiaWeb, a site inspired by global amphibian declines, is an online system that allows free access to information on amphibian biology and conservation.

  • The hotspots described on this site are "the 25 richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life on Earth." Search, browse by name of spot, or click on the map to access vital statistics ecosystem, biodiversity, human impacts, and conservation information a detailed map and related links. Also includes a glossary and a definition of the word "hotspots."
  • BioMed Central provides over 100 free peer-reviewed electronic journals in biology and medicine.

  • Botanical.com A Modern Herbal is an electronic version of Mrs. Maud Grieve's 1931 edition of A Modern Herbal. It describes over 800 varieties of medicinal, culinary, and cosmetic herbs.

  • The Archives of the Laboratory contain books, papers, correspondence, and photographs relating to the history of genetics and molecular biology. The website contains their online catalog, links to databases/books, and descriptions of special collections such as the James D. Watson Archives.

  • Become a scientist in virtual labs, where you can identify deadly pathogens, probe heart patients, dissect a leech, or assay antibodies!" This site offers a variety of interactive learning features, along with background materials, glossaries, and teaching tips. In addition to virtual laboratories, the site features animations such as "Anatomy of the Cochlea" and interactive exhibits on topics such as biological clocks and cardiovascular disease.
  • This organization maintains lists and estimated counts of endangered wildlife throughout the world.
  • Provides information on and access to biological databases, information products, directories, and guides maintained by Federal, state, and local government agencies, and private organizations.

  • This group seeks to maintain natural habitats so that wildlife can flourish.
  • The New York Botanical Garden is a public garden and research institution dedicated to botanical science and the documentation and preservation of the Earth's plant biodiversity. The site has a searchable database of the Garden's virtual herbarium collection with images, and an online index to botanical literature.

  • This National Science Foundation sponsored site provides continually updated lists of valuable and authoritative online resources for: Biology, Zoology, Botany, and other Life Science topics. Updated lists are also available via e-mail: click on the "subscribe" link.
  • This site contains Darwin's complete publications and many of his handwritten manuscripts. There are over 50,000 searchable text pages and 40,000 images. Largest Darwin bibliography and manuscript catalogue ever published.
  • Incredible resource for molecular biology information. Includes publicly accessible databases, some with fulltext access to journals and books, also tools for analysing genome data intended for the researcher. Try searching a living organism by choosing Taxonomy from the drop down menu in the top left-hand corner of the Website.

  • The World Wildlife Fund offers the latest news and information on endangered species.
  • Portal site. See Biotechnology and Genetics sections for links to a multitude of sites with information on these topics, including databases, journals, directories and commercial sites.

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