Genetic Alliance today announced a new website feature designed to help patients, care givers, health professionals, and others easily locate and navigate the vast array of information on genetic disorders that is available from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The "portal" into NLM resources brings together, on one webpage, links to a wide range of information for patients and caregivers - from basic descriptions of a disease and its symptoms to the most current scientific research. It is designed to serve the needs of a broad spectrum of users, ranging from those who are just beginning to learn about a disorder to those who understand complex scientific information, including those who want to track emerging information over time. This valuable new resource was developed in collaboration with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of NLM that creates and maintains public databases of biomedical information.
What Can One Find Through the Genetic Alliance/NCBI Resource?
Technical information about the genes, DNA sequences, chromosomes and protein structures associated with genetic diseases....
"Compiling all these sources of information together in a single location, and in an automated format with pre-computed search results, will make it significantly easier for patients and others to find the information they need about genetic disorders," said Sharon Terry, M.A., President and CEO of Genetic Alliance. "Information is a vital component of our vision of empowering consumers and this joint project with NCBI brings us one step closer to achieving that vision," she said.
"We are pleased to collaborate with Genetic Alliance on this project," said David Lipman, M.D., Director of NCBI. "Genetic Alliance is dedicated to improving the lives of those with genetic disorders, and we share their goal of improving public access to information."
Peter Suber at 5/01/2007 01:48:00 PM.
The open access movement:
Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature
on the internet. Making it available free of charge and
free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Removing the barriers to serious research.