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Elsevier Science Unveils BIOTECHNOBASE

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Elsevier Science Unveils BIOTECHNOBASE

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Elsevier Science, Secondary Publishing Division, has announced the launch of BIOTECHNOBASE, a biotechnology database comprising more than 700,000 bibliographic citations and author abstracts from 1980 to the present. It provides comprehensive, international coverage of scientific, technological, and professional biotechnology literature published in more than 280 journals (cover-to-cover)-from fundamental research to industrial applications. More than 90 percent of records will include abstracts. The service is designed primarily for investigators, students, business developers, and information specialists in industry, academia, and government.

BIOTECHNOBASE is available online via DIMDI, and the file will be updated on a weekly basis. Mounting on other major online hosts is expected soon.

In addition to its extensive retrospective coverage, BIOTECHNOBASE functions effectively as a true current-awareness resource. Over 80,000 new records will be added annually. According to the company, most new records will be available in the database within 15-20 working days after receipt of the original journal article.

BIOTECHNOBASE covers development of novel therapeutics (polypeptidebased drugs, vaccines, gene therapy), health care (in vitro fertilization, hybridization, diagnosis, monoclonal antibodies, biomedical instrumentation, biomaterials, biochips, artificial tissue), microbial biotechnology, agriculture (breeding, biopesticides, herbicide and pest resistance, transgenic plants, and animals), food science (cheese making, beer brewing), environmental science (environmental cleanup using biotechnology), textiles (dyeing and finishing of fabrics, biopolishing, effluent treatment, degradation of medical textiles, textile manufacturing), and other topics (DNA fingerprinting, forensic testing, etc. …

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