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Biology & Biochem

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you will very likely also want to check out the  "Molecular Heaven"  page. Many of the sites on both that page and  this one will require MDL Chime, which works best with Netscape 4.7x. See the Downloads page for details.



a useful site still in its infancy   a Bio Online® site

news & events, industry guide, products, jobs, research/education

The BIOLIST from the BBSRC  IT Services of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK

lots of links for the serious biologist/biochemist -- definitely worth checking out  a Bio Online® site

an extensive compilation of procedures in cell and molecular biology 


a specialized provider of web-based products and information services to the life sciences. Claims to be the most comprehensive service in its field.

Biology Reference Web

quick access to some basic info -- sort of like what you might want when you're cramming for that Introductory Bio test!

IUPAC Bioinorganic Glossary

handy and useful, with cross-referenced entries

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Links from Harvard University

and lots there are!

CSU Bio Web maintained at CSU Stanislaus

lots of links organized by subdiscipline

Biochemistry Computer Lab by Duane Sears at UCSB

a really useful site that requires lots of browser plugins, including MS Windows Media Player 7, Acrobat Reader, Macromedia Authorware Web Player, MDL Chime 2.6, Netscape 4.7, MS IE 5.5, RealPlayer G2, RasMol v2.6, Mage v.4.2,.... And, as is common for Chime-based sites, I had to use Netscape 4.7x to access several of the sections successfully. 

Biology  Hypertextbook   from MIT

part of that $100 million online initiative? really useful and a commendable public service -- but, as they themselves have said, there's no substitute for being in a real classroom!


Cell Biology at UTMB

very well organellized!

U Minnesota WWW Cell Biology Course and Online Book by Mark Dalton

Dictionary of Cell Biology, 3rd Ed. by Academic Press, Inc.

If you have the hardcopy version, you have full access to the online version. If not, you can submit one query every 90 days.

Virtual Library of Cell Biology

now at:

formerly at:

loads of useful links organized by subject

Cell Biology Animations by John Kyrk

interesting Shockwave/Flash animations of important processes

Online Biology Textbook by Michael J. Farabee at Estrella Mountain CC, Maricopa County, AZ

nicely done presentations.

Biology 201 by Reginald H Garrett, Robert J Huskey, and Leo P Racich
 at the University of Virginia
hosted/archived at the University of Hamburg

not updated since fall 1999 but a real winner nonetheless!
fabulous organization, 238 slides, and a long list of links

Biology 121 Human Biology
by Robert J Huskey and Reginald H Garrett at the University of Virginia

last updated March 2002 [Feb 2003 for link list], but still a winner!
scores upon scores of informative pages, lots of links, and 277 slides

Kimball's Biology Pages by John W. Kimball

also at

An online biology textbook organized around a searchable alphabetized index/glossary with links to discussions of a wide range of biological topics, often with illustrations. Author of the text shown at left, John recently retired from a long and distinguished teaching career beginning at Phillips Academy, progressing to Tufts, and finishing at Harvard.

 MCB 229 Fundamentals of Microbiology by Thomas M Terry at the University of Connecticut

much useful original material and good links to other sites Microbiology Information Portal

Al Chan, webmaster, contacted me about this site, which looks quite useful indeed

Cells Alive!

wow! incredible indexed color photomicrographs of cells, subcellular structures, crystals, and lots more -- all with bright-colored text on a dark background [sound familiar?] 




The Biology Project at the University of Arizona

wow! great stuff in biochemistry, cell biology,  chemicals and human health, developmental biology, human biology, immunology, Mendelian genetics, and molecular biology. Some sections available in Spanish or Portuguese. 

Concepts of Biochemistry by James Hardy at University of Akron

PowerPointish presentations based on the eponymous Brooks-Cole text by Rodney Boyer

General, Organic, and Biochemistry by James Hardy at University of Akron

PowerPointish presentations based on the Brooks-Cole text Chemistry for Today: General, Organic, and Biochemistry, 4th ed. by Seager and Slabaugh

CHEM 30B Organic and Biochemistry for Health Sciences by Ron Rinehart at Monterey Peninsula College

site currently under construction. This course is the one for which I originally began constructing this resource list. I formerly used Seager and Slabaugh's  Chemistry for Today: General, Organic, and Biochemistry, 4th or 3rd ed. (Brooks-Cole), but for the next offering (in Spring 2002) I have decided to switch to Denniston, Topping, and Caret's General, Organic, and Biochemistry, 3rd ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2001).  

Chem 112 Chemistry for Health Occupations by Shelley Gaudia at Lane CC, Eugene, OR

A very well-done site that has given me some good tips and pointers.

Chem 150  Survey of Biochemistry by Warren Gallagher at University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

Yet another organic/biochemistry course, this one for nursing students at UWEC. There's lots of good stuff here, including PowerPointish lecture overheads with .PDF printable handout versions. You might also want to check out the UWEC Chem Dept home page at  for other good course outlines and related stuff.

Physiological Chemistry by Clarke Earley at Kent State University  Stark Campus OH   then follow the links

  I really like the section on carbohydrates and have used it in my teaching. Unfortunately, access is very quirky -- sometimes good, at others impossible
But wait! it has improved! See

   Clarke also teaches organic, fundamentals of chem, and "Chemistry in the World"  [analogous to MPC's CHEM 12, 2, and 10, respectively]

Introduction to Biochemistry by Paul Reisberg at Wellesley

another great site with lots of Chime material

Biochemistry I by Drs. Grotzinger and Rule at Carnegie Mellon University 

yet two more great sites with lots of Chime material.

Lecture Notes by John C. Pérez at the Natural Toxins Research Center at Texas A&M University, Kingsville

a wealth of information on biochemistry, cell and molecular biology

Páginas de complemento al estudio de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular by Angel Herráez    
   [en español]

a really nice Chime site -- claims to work best with Netscape. Good stuff on DNA, proteins, etc. acesible tambien por nosotros quien hablamos poquito español!

Denniston, Topping, and Caret's General, Organic, and Biochemistry, 3rd ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2001).   ISBN 0-07-251000-5

There's been a lot of discussion lately on CHEMED-L about "nursing chemistry." Even though I teach such a course, I'm not really a fan of the idea that you can cover general, organic, and biochem adequately in a two-semester format -- and I'm even less enthused about the move at schools in a number of states  to cover all of these areas in ONE semester! With that little bit of personal venting out of the way, I will say that, of the available texts in the G-O-B format, I have chosen this one for the next offering of my CHEM 30B course because I found its level of topic coverage to approximate best what I think is appropriate.


Brooks-Cole Chem Resources: 

Seager & Slabaugh's  Chemistry for Today: General, Organic, and Biochemistry 
and follow links

 formerly at: 

The site associated with B-C's Seager and Slabaugh's  Chemistry for Today: General, Organic, and Biochemistry. For a long time this site was always "under construction" -- now it seems to be functional. Each chapter/subject area is keyed to a "hypercontents" list of related web resources [at the old URL, some were not active, but they seem to have recently revamped it, unfortunately not making it too convenient to get there now]. 
Many chapters also have associated Chime exercises -- and the ones I've checked so far worked with the MS IE version!  I have now switched to a different text for my organic/biochem for health science course, but this site has provided some useful references and I will still recommend it to my students.

Interactive Biochemistry by Garrett and Grisham, published by Harcourt 

a great web site with lots of web references, organized by chapter and by topic. Some animations, and PowerPoint slides for each chapter.



C4:  Computers in Chemistry at Cabrillo College, CA        

a really excellent CHIME site, with tools and tutorials. Unfortunately, you can't get the site to work right with MS Internet Explorer™ even with the IE version of CHIME installed, so access it with Netscape Communicator™ 4.75 or 4.76.

Molecular Models for Biochemistry by William McClure at Carnegie Mellon University

Received uniform 5-star ratings from MERLOT peer reviewers on 7/22/01. This Chime-based site has excellent tutorials [some cleverly disguised as quizzes] on the use of Chime and RasMol, small molecules, protein architecture, glycolysis and the TCA cycle, and much more. A definite winner!  My IE 5.5 version of Chime 2.0 worked on this site, but a few micro-quasi-glitches or hesitations imply that Netscape 4.7x with Chime/Chimescape is probably more reliable.

DBGET Database Links by ICR, Kyoto University

searching with connections to lots of molecular biology databases

ENZYME Enzyme nomenclature database from ExPASy

Search for enzymes by EC number, class, official or common name, cofactor, and compound [I assume this could mean either substrate or product].

"...a repository of information relative to the nomenclature of enzymes. It is primarily based on the recommendations of the Nomenclature Committee of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) and it describes each type of characterized enzyme for which an EC (Enzyme Commission) number has been provided"

Klotho : Biochemical Compounds Declarative Database     home page

Static GIF images and Chime/Rasmol- viewable pictures of several hundred biomolecules. Really heavy on nucleotides!

DNA and tRNA tutorials by Steve Minchin at U Birmingham

quite useful Chime-based tutorial

Internet Tutorial in Biochemistry and Biophysics:
Biomolecular Structures
by Örjan Hansson, Göteborg University 

formerly at:

A Chime site -- use Netscape 4.7x! covers amino acids, peptides, proteins, nucleotides, and nucleic acids

Biomolecules at Kenyon College Molecular Biology
by BIOL 363 students and faculty

Really excellent Chime-based tutorials that work with Chime 2.6 SP4
in either MS IE 5.5/6.0 or Netscape 4.7x [and, I've been told, Netscape 7]
Previous plugin problems have been fixed!

Fibronectin tutorial by Michael Ward and David Marcey at Kenyon College

A very nice Chime-based tutorial [works in both MS IE and Netscape]

Kinesin homepage

your efforts won't go down the tub[ul]es if your motor heads in this direction

Myosin Motility

Myosin and Kinesin QuickTime Movies from the Milligan Lab at Scripps Institute

I "bundled" these sites together for their common threads [or is that filaments?]; when I find the actin, dynein, nexin, and tubulin sites, I'll put them here, too and we'll have the skeletal makings of a cytoskeleton!

Lehninger's Biochemistry 3rd ed   [USE NETSCAPE 4.7x]

what a great site to go along with a great textbook! Incredibly detailed and thorough Chime-based exploration of structure and function in proteins and nucleotides.

Online Macromolecular Museum at California Lutheran University

works best with the Netscape version of Chime, although I was able to access a large part of the site with the IE version. Beautifully-done tutorials on about 30 topics of particular interest to cell and molecular biologists.

Acid-Base Tutorial by Alan W. Grogono, MD at Tulane University School of Medicine

also see

extensive coverage of acid-base balance chemistry, physiology, and pathology; useful to medical students and practitioners

Antibody Chime Tutorial from the University of Massachusetts

Netscape 4.7x required

The Medical Biochemistry Page by Michael W. King at Indiana University School of Medicine

wow! An incredibly extensive hypertext site with well-presented material on a VERY large number of topics.

Medic-Planet online health encyclopedia

searchable; has some 2700 topics, 150 colour drawings

The Doctor's Lounge at the University of Liverpool

"An online community in which doctors all over the world participate in exchange of views and the teaching of medicine."

MERLOT homepage Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching  the "tasting room"   the home page   the chemistry section

BrowseArtifacts.po-catcode=97&browsecat=1 cool chem stuff

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Metabolic Pathways of Biochemistry by Karl J. Miller at George Washington University

wow! a true tour de force that must be seen! Both 2D and Chime 3D  expositions of the major pathways of metabolism.

Biochemical Pathways from Boehringer Mannheim via ExPASy 

access to the digitized version of the Boehringer Mannheim "Biochemical Pathways" wall chart. Please note that the German publishing company Spektrum Akademischer Verlag Gmbh, Slevogtstrasse 3-5, 69126 Heidelberg owns the rights for commercial applications of the Biochemical Pathways. If you wish to use any of the information obtained from this site commercially please contact Ms. Ina Schibel at Spektrum Verlag for approval.

Molecular Biology Notebook®

they also have a CD for sale -- see below 

Molecular Biology Notebook®

this is the CD!

Molecules in Motion by F Reichsman at U Mass [USE NETSCAPE 4.7x]

Great Chime tutorials of proteins and nucleic acids, suitable for classroom presentations. -- Neurosciences on the Internet

A searchable and browsable index of neuroscience resources available on the Internet: Neurobiology, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, psychology, cognitive science sites and information on human neurological diseases.

The Cerebral Institute of Discovery

"explores how and why the human brain functions (or not) as it does ... a comprehensive collection of neurological resources, from brain research studies and pharmacology to treatment options and assistive technologies for those with neurological disturbances ... without any commercialism, advertising, or hype"

Neurotransmitter Directory by Cerebral Institute of Discovery

lots of links

Neurotransmitter Systems by Jeffrey Clothier at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

a concise introduction

Actions of Drugs on the Central Nervous System by Thomas P. Faulkner at Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy

pretty neat! Has some animations requiring Macromedia Shockwave

Neurotoxins list by Eric H. Chudler at Washington University

part of the "Neuroscience for Kids" web site. A list of about 40 neurotoxins with their sources and very brief description of their actions. A few have links to other sites.



Neuroscience for Kids by Eric H. Chudler at Washington University 

It's NOT just for kids! Teachers and students at all levels will very likely find useful goodies here. Experiments, games, didactics, ... Has lots of links to other sites.

Portions of the site are available in several other languages as shown below:


Medical Pharmacology Disease-Based Integrated Instruction
 by Michael Gordon at University of Kansas School of Medicine

lots of good stuff here with audio and some video

NIH PDB databank inquiry


Nucleic Acid Database Project at Rutgers U


Proteins:  Interactive Biochemistry Pages at U Virginia

Yessss! Interactive Chime tutorials that really work!!!

PDB  Protein Data Bank from RCSB Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics  and Mirror Sites     San Diego Supercomputer Center   Rutgers U      NIST    Cambridge U   National U of Singapore    Osaka U    U Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

  need viewer like RasMol or CHIME to view .pdb files

RCSB Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Home


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Wildflowers in Bloom by Dan Lineberger and Jerry Parsons,
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photo album, growing tips, links to other sites, and much more

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Henriette's Herbal Home Page by Henriette Kress

4300 pictures of plants, an extensive database, links to other sites, and much more -- a winner!


Guide to Poisonous Plants by A.P. Knight at Colorado State U College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

botanical and toxicological information in a searchable, beautifully illustrated field-handbook format

Poisonous Plants Home Page at Cornell University

searchable database and links to other poisonous plant sites

Gernot Katzer's Spice Dictionary
by Gernot Katzer at
Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

I stumbled across this site while Googling, It's a winner! Botanical heaven...

Linnean [sic] Herbarium at the Swedish Museum of Natural History

another great planting!

Smells database at UC Berkeley

the "chemical sense" of biological organisms that detects and classifies what was classically listed as a physical property. Oh, those silly humans!

Skunk Defensive Spray Page by William F. Wood at Humboldt State U, CA

Learn about the chemistry of skunk spray -- and how to deal with it if you or your pet has been zapped!

Links for Chem Educators

a service of 3D Biochem, Inc., makers of molecular models

Fermilab Life Science Data Page

data on birds, butterflies, frogs, insects, and plants and a number of items on prairie biology

The Photosynthesis Projects at Boulder HS, Boulder, CO

five impressive student-generated web presentations

Water Structure and Behavior by Martin Chaplin at South Bank U

This site provides an excellent and extensive background on the physical and chemical characteristics of the quintessential elixir -- the stuff that has everything to do with life as we know it. Has COW and Chime depictions of many molecular arrangements. For different perspectives, you might also want to check out Steve Lower's AquaScams site in the pseudoscience section and other water-related sites in the environmental section.

The Web Science Project at IUPUI  Indiana University / Purdue University Indianapolis

Biology archive

all sorts of goodies including "What is Biology Good For?" and week-by-week course notes, ancillary material, and warmup exercises. Also has sections on chemistry, math, and physics.

WWW-based Graduate Postcertification Teacher Training in Chemistry by David W. Brooks at University of Nebraska -- Lincoln

Even college teachers will find a lot to learn and use here!  Courses in: Nuclear Chemistry, Water and Solutions, Carbon Chemistry and Polymers, Matter and Energy, Electrons and Periodicity, Molecular Biology, Biomolecules, Energy and Metabolism, Instrumentation, Acids and Bases, Chemical Equilibrium, and Gases and the Atmosphere.

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