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UCI and Harvard researchers team up to produce innovative Web site

If you've always wanted to know how to extract DNA from a termite, harvest stem cells from the cerebral cortex…

July 20, 2007

If you’ve always wanted to know how to extract DNA from a termite, harvest stem cells from the cerebral cortex of a mouse or coax a Jacky dragon to take cues from moving dots, have we got a Web site for you. Dr. Aaron Kolski-Andreaco (pictured), a UC Irvine graduate, and Spencer Currle, a graduate student in the department of developmental and cell biology, teamed up with researchers from Harvard and launched the Journal of Visualized Experiments, a Web site that shares highly technical scientific methodology on video. Wired magazine in its June 26 edition called JoVE the “YouTube for test tubes.” Kolski-Andreaco, scientific editor for the site, and Currle came up with the idea and refined it last year in the Paul Merage Business School’s business plan competition. A fortuitous meeting with Moshe Pritsker of Harvard Medical School and Nikita Bernstein, Web designer, who had similar ideas resulted in the JoVE partnership.