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Cancer Resources

A major component of cancer progression is the loss of normal controls on cell proliferation (disruption of normal cell cycle regulation and cell signaling), in addition to other changes involving angiogenesis, cell adhesion, invasion and metastasis. There exist many resources and gateways to cancer information on the Web, including:



Basic Introductions and Tutorials

  • Access Excellence - A lot of information on biology and biotechnology for students and teachers. (Genentech) (Beginner's Level)
  • Biochemistry Online: An Approach Based on Chemical Logic - Biochemistry within the framework of chemical principles and logic. (Henry Jakubowski, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University)
  • Biofundamentals (Beginner's Level)
  • Biology Online - Basic biology tutorial, dictionary and links. (Beginner's Level)
  • The Biology Project - Tutorials on most areas of modern biology, including major subjects of cell biology. (University of Arizona) (Beginner's Level)
  • - Biological Web portal. (Beginner's Level)
  • Bugs in the News! - Answers to a lot of biology questions you might have wondered about since you were a kid or things you might have heard about but were afraid to ask - there's a section entitled "What the heck is...?" (John Brown, University of Kansas) (Beginner's Level)
  • Cell Biology Laboratory Manual - Information for instructors and students of cell biology. (Beginner's Level)
  • Cell Biology Web Pages - Excellent text- and image-based overview of cell and organelle structure and function. (Gwen V. Childs, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences) (Just above Beginner's Level)
  • Cell - Overview of cell biology. (Altruis Biomedical Network) (Beginner's Level)
  • CELLS Alive! - Images of cells doing cellular things. (Beginner's Level)
  • The Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology - "It is intended to provide quick access to easily-understood and cross-referenced definitions of terms frequently encountered in reading the modern biology literature." (Useful for all levels)
  • Dr. NAD's Cell Science Links - A collection of cell biology links for students at all levels. (Beginner's to Advanced Levels)
  • - General biology resource. (Beginner's Level)
  • HHMI's BioInteractive - A "collection of biology-focused teaching materials" with animations, lectures, mini-lessons, a virtual museum, video clips and "Ask a Scientist" to get answers to biology questions. (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) (Beginner's Level)
  • Histology-World - "This site includes histology quizzes, histology games, slides, mnemonics, histology puzzles, audio slides and lots of information about histology."
  • The History of Cell Biology
  • The JayDoc HistoWeb - "Histology atlas that corresponds with the laboratory exercises of the Cell & Tissue Biology course of the School of Medicine of the University of Kansas."
  • Kimball's Biology Pages - A comprehensive online biology textbook. (Beginner's Level)
  • The Mad Scientist Network - If you have a question in any area of science, including cell biology, and wish to have it answered by a specialist, go here. (Beginner's Level)
  • The Medical Biochemistry Page - An excellent biochemistry tutorial with information on a broad range of biochemical pathways. (Michael W. King, Indiana University School of Medicine)
  • Microbiology Textbook: The World of Microbes - Everything you always wanted to know about microbes. (University of Wisconsin, Madison) (Beginner's Level)
  • Microbiology Video Library - Quicktime movies, some of which are relevant to cell biology, such as a phagocytosis sequence and another showing cytoplasmic streaming. (Beginner's Level)
  • MIT Biology Hypertextbook - A general tutorial on biochemistry, genetics and molecular and cell biology. (Beginner's Level)
  • Molecular Biology Web Book - Introduction to molecular and cell biology. (Just above Beginner's Level)
  • National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education - Free resources for science teachers at elementary, secondary and college/university levels.
  • On-Line Biology Book - Comprehensive introduction to biology at the "college freshman" level by M.J. Farabee. (Beginner's Level)
  • - "We deliver fascinating and engaging science facts daily to your email, and offer an extensive science facts online archive." (Beginner's Level)
  • Virtual Cell - A collection of still images, texts and movies covering the structure and functioning of a typical plant cell. (Beginner's Level)
  • The Visible Embryo - Visual and textual presentation of early human development from egg to birth. (Beginner's Level)
  • A Web Atlas of Cellular Structures (Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) (Just above Beginner's Level)
  • Wikipedia - Free online encyclopedia with basic overviews. (Beginner's Level)
  • Zygote - Wonderful resource devoted to developmental biology for people at all levels, with a lot of information pertinent to cell biology. (Scott Gilbert, Swarthmore College) (Beginner's to Advanced Levels)

For an extensive collection of dictionaries, including scientific and medical, see Open Directory: Reference: Dictionaries.

Miscellaneous Resources with Relevant Biological or Biomedical Content

  • Atlas of Hematology - Images of blood cells (neutrophils, eosinophils, basophils, lymphocytes, megakaryocytes, erythrocytes, etc.) in normal and pathological states. (Nivaldo Medeiros)
  • Faculty of 1000 - "Faculty of 1000 Biology and Medicine are authoritative online services in which almost 5,000 leading researchers and clinicians share their expert opinions by highlighting and evaluating the most important articles in biology and medicine." (Biology Reports)
  • Knowledge Updates - "MIT Knowledge Updates are educational briefings on life science topics. Each Knowledge Update offers key industry information, articles and resources, and a video presentation by an MIT professor to help academics and professionals get up to speed quickly on complex topics."
  • LabsLink - Scientific networking site.
  • Medscape - Portal and information resource site for medical professionals.
  • Molecular Immunology - Hierarchical information source on molecular immunology with definitions, descriptions, images and links. (Daniele Focosi)
  • Molecular Medicine - Hierarchical information source on molecular medicine with definitions, descriptions, images and links. (Daniele Focosi)
  • Protist Image Data (PID) - A site that "provides pictures and short descriptions of selected protist genera, especially those genera whose species are frequently used as experimental organisms or are important in studies of organismal evolution." (University of Montreal, Canada)
  • Siphs - "A free social networking and social bookmarking service for researchers in the life sciences."
  • Tissue Engineering Pages - "In 1995 the Tissue Engineering Pages were initiated as a first information website for people interested in Tissue Engineering. [...] The Tissue Engineering Pages provide up to date information on conferences, organizations as wells as international tissue engineering projects." (Michael Sittinger, Laboratory for Experimental Rheumatology and Tissue Engineering, Medical Faculty Charité, Berlin, Germany)

Other Specialized Web Directories or Search Engines

Scientific Web Magazines

Discussion Groups