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BSC 1005: Life in Its Biological Environment

This guide is designed to provide library research support for BSC1005.

Books on Genetics

eBooks on Genetics

Open Access Sources on Genetics

A lot of science research is freely available.  See below for some good websites to help locate these resources:

Genome Databases

Genome Databases

Bar Code of Life Data Systems (BOLD)   is an online workbench that aids collection, management, analysis, and use of DNA barcodes. It consists of 3 components (MAS, IDS, and ECS) that each address the needs of various groups in the barcoding community. 

Bar Code of Life Data Systems  (BOLD) Identification Engine  The BOLD Identification System (IDS) accepts sequences from the 5' region of the mitochondrial gene COI and  returns a species-level identification when one is
possible. Further validation with independent genetic markers will be desirable in some forensic applications.

EMBL - European Bioinformatics Institute

Entrez databases from National Center for Biotechnology Information NCBI 


Genetics Home Reference (GHR)

The Genome Database

National Center for Biotechnological Information (NCBI) from National Library of Medicine   (includes GeneBank, Entrez,  Cancer Genome Database, Human Genome Database, etc.) 

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Handbook 

OMIM, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man


Comparative Gene Finding




UCSC genome browser. -- Current Annotations for the Genomic DNA Sequences

Web Database Sources

WEB Databases/Sources


Human Genome Project (HGP) coordinated by the U.S> Dept. of Energy and the National Institutes of Health.

National Institutes of Health (NIH). Roadmap for Medical Research. Epigenomics Program.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Roadmap for Medical Research. Structural Biology.

Protein Data Bank An Information Portal to Biological Macromolecular Structures from the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RSCB).  "The PDB archive contains information about experimentally-determined structures of proteins, nucleic acids, and complex assemblies ... [and can be used to do] ... simple and advanced searches based on annotations relating to sequence, structure and function"  Summaries include parameters, unit cell, classification, classification, images and visulaization KiNG, Jmol, WebMol, Rasmol, etc.), and more.  Each structure summary includes PubMed's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) !!