I am partial to science reference and research both personally and professionally, so today's resource is another free scientific reference site for researchers: Horst Ibelgauft'sCytokines and Cells Online Pathfinder Encyclopaedia (COPE). COPE is an independent bioinformatics project to create an electronic copy of the now out-of-print Dictionary of Cytokines (1995). Since this site is a labor of love, and the author teaches medical students in a developing country, financial help by site users is appreciated.
This resource provides great value to cell biologists, immunologists, molecular biologists and all researchers who study cytokines.
COPE is regularly updated and currently contains over 22,000 entries on various cytokine molecules. This page outlines data organization and search strategies for locating information in the database.
Subdictionaries of other molecule types are also incorporated into COPE's offerings, including a dictionary of angiogenesis, a dictionary of eukaryotic cell types, a dictionary of hormones, and a virulance factors dictionary.