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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press to Launch CSH Protocols

For Immediate Release

Wayne Manos
516 422 4009

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press to Launch CSH Protocols.

Community-Driven, Interactive Methods Database set for Release 
June, 2006.

Cold Spring Harbor, New York (March 7, 2006) -- Cold Spring 
Harbor Laboratory Press today announced the launch of Cold Spring 
Harbor Protocols (CSH Protocols), a new, interactive online 
methods database. Scheduled for release in June 2006, CSH 
Protocols is being developed by the Press, publisher of the 
world's best-selling laboratory manuals, in association with 
HighWire Press of Stanford University.

"Researchers have traveled to Cold Spring Harbor for decades to 
learn innovative laboratory techniques and share their own 
discoveries," said Dr. James D. Watson, Chancellor of the 
Laboratory. "Now they can do the same online and expect to 
benefit from the same high level of technical expertise and 

Dr. John Inglis, Executive Director of the Press, described CSH 
Protocols as "a unique site that combines the best methods from 
our hands-on courses and manuals with instruction in newly 
emerging techniques." Inglis added, "As a not-for-profit science 
publisher committed to research and education, we can offer 
scientists an authoritative site uniquely tailored to their needs 
- a place where they can search for and store valuable 
information, annotate it, share it with colleagues, and 
contribute improvements and updates for the benefit of the entire 
scientific community."

Dr. Michael Ronemus, previously a senior postdoctoral fellow at 
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and a former Associate Editor of 
Nature Genetics, is the Executive Editor of CSH Protocols. 
"Technology development is the lifeblood of experimental 
science," said Ronemus, "and as a division of a very active 
research center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press has the 
inside knowledge, the resources, and the technological 
sophistication to create a carefully edited and structured 
database with state-of-the-art online features not found 

At launch, CSH Protocols will feature protocols in cell and molecular
biology, genetics, protein science, imaging, and bioinformatics.  Its
coverage will continue to widen with the continuous addition of new
protocols from a variety of notable sources.  Each protocol will be
presented step-by-step, with the clarity and attention to
troubleshooting and advice that have made Cold Spring Harbor's
laboratory manuals, such as Molecular Cloning, Antibodies, and Cells,
best-sellers worldwide.  The protocols will be web-linked to online
resources that will help researchers strengthen their practical skills
and build new ones.

CSH Protocols will be fully searchable, with a unique taxonomy 
for browsing and many features that can be customized by users. 
The collection will have more than 900 protocols by year-end 2006 
and will be continuously expanded, updated, and annotated by the 
authors and users of the techniques. A moderated, interactive 
function will enable users to ask questions, discuss their own 
experiences, and contribute suggestions.  New protocols will be 
added monthly and many leading laboratories and researchers have 
agreed to contribute their own methods.  By signing up for the 
site's alerting services, registered users will keep abreast of 
the latest developments in their particular fields of interest.

CSH Protocols will be available via institutional site license.  Prior
to official launch, librarians and scientists will have ample
opportunity to explore the database and experience its outstanding
utility and functions.  Further details can be found at


About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Established more than a century ago, Cold Spring Harbor 
Laboratory, headquartered in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, is a 
private, non profit basic research and educational institution, 
with some 330 scientists who conduct groundbreaking research in 
cancer, neurobiology, plant genetics, and bioinformatics.  The 
Laboratory is one of eight National Cancer Institute designated 
basic research centers in the United States. It is recognized 
internationally for its educational activities, which include 
scientific meetings and courses that attract more than 8,000 
scientists to the campus each year.  Its Watson School of 
Biological Sciences offers an innovative Ph.D. program.  In 
addition, the Laboratory trains college undergraduates through 
the Undergraduate Research Program, high school students through 
the Partners for the Future Program, and grade-school children 
through its Nature Study Program summer camp.  The Laboratory 
also operates the Dolan DNA Learning Center, which offers 
laboratory workshops to science teachers and students.  Other 
components of the Laboratory include Cold Spring Harbor 
Laboratory Press, the Banbury Conference Center, and the Cancer 
Genome Research Center.

About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

Symposium in Quantitative Biology, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 
Press is now the largest of the five educational divisions of the 
Laboratory, with more than 200 books in print, 5 research 
journals, and a variety of multimedia and online publications. 
Its 55 staff members work within the Laboratory and in several 
locations in the United States and abroad. Its publications 
assist working scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, 
and the general public through the mission of the Press to foster 
and financially support the Laboratory's commitment to the 
advance and spread of scientific knowledge.

CSH Protocols Subject Coverage

Bioinformatics / Genomics
Cell Biology
DNA Delivery / Gene Transfer
High Throughput Analysis
Imaging / Microscopy
Laboratory Organisms
Molecular Biology
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Plant Biology
Proteins and Proteomics
RNA Interference (RNAi)
Small Interfering RNA (siRNA)
Stem Cells
Transgenic Technology