Promoters and Transcription Factors

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The Library is happy to announce that we have licensed MatInspector, MatBase, Gene2Promoter and ElDorado, a bundle of online molecular biology resources from Genomatix. Mount Sinai faculty, staff and students can sign up for an account to gain access.

These resources work together to provide integrated information from many sources. Use Gene2Promoter to extract promoter sequences and MatInspector to identify putative transcription factor binding sites in dozens of species. MatBase provides more detail about the transcription factors, while ElDorado pulls it all together with added information about SNPs, Affymetrix probes and more.

To access the Genomatix tools sign up here, and as always, please let us know what you think!

Army Medical Photographs

4322280949_a61aebd412_m Say you are writing a serious paper about some topic in medical history and you need images, where should you look?  Or maybe you have some time to kill and you just want to look at some interesting photographs, where should you look?  Well, go to!  Many archives and special collections are putting images online there, including several medical collections.  The collection I like comes from the holdings of the Army-run National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C., a part of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.  If you search their collection online,, you will find all kinds of interesting images: bones damaged by bullets, wounded soldiers from the Civil War to Vietnam, infectious diseases rarely seen today, nurses from the Spanish American War, and lots and lots of posters warning about veneral disease.  Some images are pretty gruesome and others are kind of funny now, such as the one shown here. Still, they are all worth the look.  And remember, Brother, she may be a Wasserman 4!

Happy Mardi Gras!

Though looking out the window to see this:

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probably doesn't put most of us in the mood for parades and costumes. That might be for the best after all: hopefully we won't have any need today for the articles Sexual risk behavior in men attending Mardi Gras celebrations…, Disaster medical care: Mardi Gras, or Aspiration of Mardi Gras beads: new method for removal by Fogarty catheter (yikes).

Though maybe glancing at articles like Health tips: safe snow shoveling or Images in clinical medicine: Frostbite isn't a bad idea.

Anyways, Happy Tuesday, New York!


Presidents’ Day Hours

Lincolnbullet There is another long weekend coming up and the Library will be open, though with reduced hours on Monday. We'll be open our regular 9am-7:50pm on Saturday and noon-11:50pm on Sunday, then reduced hours of 10am-5:50pm on Monday. Academic Computing, Interlibrary Loan and Reference services will be back on Tuesday.

If you're taking the long weekend off, maybe you can take a Presidents'-Day-and-Medicine themed trip down to DC, where you can visit the National Museum of Health and Medicine to learn about the medical care Abraham Lincoln received the night he was shot – and even see the bullet. Or, given what the weather is expected to be like, maybe you can just learn about it from here on their website.

PubMed’s Wild, Wild Life

Surprise, everyone! PubMed has changed again. Today's changes are not quite as drastic as the last ones – actually, things are a little bit more like they were before. We'll update our handouts and user guides (again) as soon as we can, but in the meantime:

  • Limits and Advanced Search are now separate pages. If you want to restrict date ranges or limit your search to certain types of articles, languages, subject age ranges, etc., click on Limits. And remember that once you set them, Limits stay active through all your searches until you turn them off!
  • If you want to build up a complicated search with lots of Boolean operators and specific Field Tags, go to Advanced Search and use the new Search Builder. This definitely works differently than it did before, so if you run into any problems, please do ask us – we love Advanced Searches!


Patch Available for EndNote 2010 Date Display Issue


EndNote reports that a patch is now available for EndNote X2 that will address the 2010 date display issue.  To install, close all programs and turn off any background software, such as virus protection software.  From within EndNote, choose "EndNote Program Updates" from the "Help" menu and follow the on-screen prompts.

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