News #13 | April, 2010
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Researching Science and Health

Carlos André – News@fmul Editorial Team

The Internet has definitively established itself in our lives, and Internet search engines now carry out the function previously reserved for telephone books and dictionaries. Orientation and research are essential in order to make the most of the Internet. Through this item in the “Open Space”, news@fmul intends to contribute towards this orientation.
In each issue we will divulge some Internet pages or blogs that seem worthy of note to us from the academic or scientific viewpoint so that they can figure on each person’s list of favourites. We invite all our readers to send suggestions to  

The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)
The FCT’s mission is to continually promote the advancement of scientific and technological knowledge in Portugal, exploring opportunities that are revealed in all scientific and technological fields in order to achieve the highest international standards of the creation of knowledge, and to stimulate their diffusion and contribution towards improving education, health and the environment, for the quality of life and well-being of the public in general.
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Definition of a Web Portal
In architecture a portal is the main entrance, which is generally ornate, usually to a church, cathedral or large building. Doors appeared from the major portals, in Greece. A portal is an Internet site that functions as a centre that distributes content for a series of other sites, or subsites.
On the “I am a doctor” portal you can find all the pages relative to health issues, from specialised sites, official health entities, international organisms, medical societies – in short everything that has to do with health both in Portugal and abroad.
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The saú portal is organised for all professionals and all companies in the sector. Here you will find that any issue relating to health will exist on Doctors and other liberal professionals will have Access to specialised information about technologies, products, equipment and medicines, the automatic creation and maintaining of individual sites on the portal and the possibility to provide the public with their Professional information. Companies can create electronic catalogues and use the portal to showcase their products. The general public will have access to all kinds of information in the area of health in which they are interested, and can receive answers to questions, buy products on-line and get to know the latest news.
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Your Genes, Your Choices”, describes the Human Genome Project (PGH), the science that is behind it, as well as the ethical, legal and social challenges it places. The PGH is the result of an international effort to draw up the map of the human genome, and the identification of all the nucleotides that make it up. After an initiative by the United States National Institutes of Health, hundreds of laboratories from all over the world came together in the task of one by one sequencing the genes that codify the proteins in the human body and also those DNA sequences that are not genes. On the 14th of April 2003 the project was successfully completed, with the sequencing of 99% of the human genome, to a precision of 99.99%. More information on:


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