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Biochemistry has gone Hollywood at and the DNA Learning Center. Astonishing animations of, for example, what a cell surface might look like. Similarly, replicating DNA movie, complete with squelching sounds. And a catalogue of real videos of cellular processes from the Journal of Cell Biology.

Bacterium with a neutrophil in hot pursuit. Highly recommended. Imagine the Benny Hill theme as the soundtrack.

Oxford research networks

Cancer Research Centre, Biomedical Imaging Network, Advanced Microscopy Unit, Systems Biology

Journalism and the public understanding of science

Wow!How? science fair, as part of Oxfordshire Science Week, where with some of my lab we showed school children how to extract DNA from strawberries (e-mail for instructions) or diagnose malaria with a mobile phone . Also see Howtoons and Oxford Sparks.

In the Pipeline blog on chemistry and drug discovery

Oxford University Science Blog

Bad Science: also a column in the Guardian, challenging and making fun of pseudoscience and misrepresented science that is presented at fact on TV and in other newspapers. From clustered water to underpowered clinical trials, this is both fun and important.

Avant-garde chefs discuss cooking with Harvard engineers

The War on Cancer- a fascinating article by a journalist on how the interests of bench scientists, the needs of pharmaceutical companies, and the organization of clinical trials don't always meet in the best place for the patient.

Discovering new life in the secondary school classroom- isolation of novel phage by teenagers.

The Diamond Age- you need to read this novel brilliantly imagining a future built on nanotechnology, where children are accompanied by computerised teachers.

Online Seminars

Fly-on-the-wall documentary on a graduate student's struggles and successes in research (from Columbia).


See the lectures you weren't able to go to:

Oxford iTunes- podcasts and videocasts from Oxford University

iBioSeminars from Howard Hughes Medical Institute George Whitesides: A lab the size of a postage stamp

MIT (Howard Zinn, Stephen Wolfram)

Harvard YouTube channel

Henry Stewart Talks (series of teaching lectures from famous people in different biological areas).

NIH (Chad Mirkin, Stefan Kaufmann inspiring talk on a new TB vaccine, Lichtman on the brainbow)

Princeton (Matt Ridley, James Randi, Daniel Liebeskind, and the author of Freakonomics)

American Chemical Society webcasts from recent conferences

The Royal Institution (Harry Kroto, Maynard Smith)


The Age of AIDS: a remarkable series of documentaries from the Public Broadcasting Service on the history of HIV, from the molecular discoveries, to the impact on the sufferers, to the global politics of dealing with such an epidemic.


Also, see MIT OpenCourseWare, which freely distributes MIT teaching resources

including lecture slides, reading lists, and problem sheets of courses from Mechanics to Epidemiology



US patents- Google Patents is the easiest for searching and downloading; Freshpatents is best for following newly released patents in molecular biology and bionanotechnology.

Bill Gates Grand Challenges in Global Health: get thinking...

Toolkit to build your own organism: Registry of Standard Biological Parts


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