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Resource Updates September 2012

GeneEd

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the release of a new educational resource, GeneEd. Developed in collaboration with the National Human Genome Institute (NHGRI), teachers and experts in genetics and genetic counseling, GeneEd is a safe and useful resource for students and teachers in grades 9 – 12 to learn genetics. GeneEd allows students and teachers to explore topics such as Cell Biology, DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, Heredity/Inheritance Patterns, Epigenetics/Inheritance and the Environment, Genetic Conditions, Evolution, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, DNA Forensics, and Top Issues in Genetics.

Teachers can use the site to introduce topics, supplement existing materials, and provide as a reliable source to students conducting research. The site links to categories such as research articles, animation, games, videos, interactive tutorials, and labs and experiments. 3D images, illustrations and text from NHRGI help to enrich the user experience by providing vivid imagery to reinforce genetic concepts. Text varies from easy-to-read to advanced reading levels, which makes this a versatile tool both in and out of the classroom. Specialty pages including Teacher Resources and Labs and Experiments highlight those tools that teachers may find particularly helpful.  Other specialty pages such as Careers in Genetics and Highlights allow students to see what is new and noteworthy in the field of Genetics along with links to different careers related to the science of Genetics.

Go to http://geneed.nlm.nih.gov/ to check it out!

New LinkOut Library Submission Utility Quick Tours

Three new Quick Tours have been added to the LinkOut for Libraries Training and Educational Resources (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/linkout_for_libraries/loforlib.html) Web Page:

  • Uploading Icons demonstrates the different ways to upload an icon image into the Library Submission Utility.
  • Contact Info shows how to add, edit and delete contact information in the Library Submission Utility.
  • Library Info, PrId and NameAbbr explains where to find your library information such as ProviderId (PrId) and NameAbbr, which is the same as your User Name, in the Library Submission Utility. This information is frequently requested by library vendors.

These Quick Tours replace the “Library Submission Utility: An Introduction” Quick Tour.

A New System of Registry Number Identifiers for Chemicals in the MeSH Database

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Substance Registration System (SRS) – Unique Ingredient Identifiers (UNIIs) are being introduced into the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) vocabulary starting with the 2013 MeSH Supplementary Concept Records (SCRs). The UNIIs are an integral part of the FDA Substance Registration System. They appear in several databases such as the Veterans Administration National Drug File Reference Terminology, the USP Dictionary of United States Adopted Names (USAN) and International Drug Names (INN), and the RxNorm database. Each UNII is a unique series of ten characters that includes a check digit to ensure data integrity (see Figure 1).

For more information, please go to http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ja12/ja12_fda_unii.html

 

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