The "sister" Web sites MicroscopyU ( and Molecular Expressions ( were developed for those interested in microscopy and related topics. Michael Davidson, a senior research engineering support specialist at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory of Tallahassee, Fla., explains, "we have been working on Molecular Expressions for five and a half years at a total cost of just over $2 million. The Web site has about 6,000 pages with 1,500 pages in various stages of development, including a chemical crystallization movie gallery that will contain several hundred chemicals."

The recently launched MicroscopyU Web site is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the microscopists and engineers of Nikon Instruments Inc. ( and scientists and programmers of Molecular Expressions. "We built MicroscopyU during the period of June through October of last year as an educational resource for Nikon," explains Davidson. There is something for...

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