Ever spent days combing the internet for that one reagent or cell line that could take your research to the next level --- to no avail? A new linkurl:effort,;http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/the_american_recovery_and_reinvestment_act/20091102.asp funded by a $15 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Research Resources, aims to fix that by centralizing catalogs of reagents, cell and tissue banks, and model organism lines so that researchers can spend less time scouring the internet for these tools, or worse, re-developing existing tools, and more time conducting and evaluating research. The project, called the eagle-i Consortium, is a collaboration between researchers from Harvard Medical School, Dartmouth University, Jackson State University in Mississippi, the Morehouse School of Medicine, Montana State University, Oregon Health and Science University, the University of Alaska, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Puerto Rico. Initially, the consortium will seek to connect researchers to resources -- including animal...

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