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Emerging online forum for life scientists

Bryony Wiseman

Genome Biology 2000, 1:reports205  doi:10.1186/gb-2000-1-1-reports205

The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at:

Received:19 October 1999
Published:17 March 2000

© 2000 BioMed Central Ltd


Providing a central scientific forum, run by scientists for scientists is the aim of this new and developing site, which shows a lot of potential. It contains a worldwide e-mail directory, job opportunities, meetings calendar, links to video libraries, databases and websites for journals, institutions and agencies. An e-magazine is also available, for which registration is free but not instant. The magazine discusses current issues and gossip in the community - not always accurately - as well as jobs and meeting reports.


There is no search engine for the site, but as it is not very big browsing is easy

Reporter's comments


A September issue of a preview copy of their e-magazine is available and the first official issue is promised in January 2000. Job and PhD opportunities are very timely (for now) and include the date of listing.

Best feature

LifeScience.Connect lists the support of many eminent scientists, which might be seen as giving it credibility. The worldwide e-mail directory of life scientists, currently containing around 1,000 searchable addresses, will be great when it expands.

Worst feature

As this is still in the embryonic state, we must wait to see if it fulfills its potential.

Table of links

Assumptions made about all sites unless otherwise specified:
The site is free, in English and no registration is required. It is relatively quick to download, can be navigated by an 'intermediate' user, and no problems with connection were found. The site does not stipulate that any particular browser be used and no special software/plug-ins are required to view the site. There are relatively few gratuitous images and each page has its own URL, allowing it to be bookmarked.