Are you curious about new NCBI resources? Want to stay informed about changes and updates? The NCBI newsletter, NCBI News, is where you can learn about new developments at NCBI. It is published electronically on a monthly basis. Each issue has a section for a Featured Resource, New Databases and Tools, GenBank News, Updates and Enhancements and Announce Lists and RSS Feeds.
Recent topics include the new database Biosystems, 2009 H1N1 Influenza Sequences, updates to PubChem, BLAST and the new discovery components in PubMed. Check out the February, March and June issues to read about the Discovery Initiative and the related discovery components: Sensors, Database Ads and Analysis Tools. These components display with search results in the literature databases such as PubMed and sequence databases such as Entrez Protein.
The newsletter can be downloaded as a .pdf document or viewed in NCBI Bookshelf, where you can easily search for a specific topic. Here’s the direct link to the latest issue (August 2009): NCBI News-August 2009
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The NLM Technical Bulletin also posts news, updates and changes to NLM resources that may not be included in NCBI. It is managed by the Medlars Management Section and contains frequent posts about PubMed: Chronological list of PubMed postings.