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Cambridge, Mass.,—October 22, 2009— Nature Education, a division of global science publisher Nature Publishing Group and creator of Scitable, the free online science learning space,  today announced availability of Essentials of Genetics, a free and authoritative mini-text on core concepts in genetics for undergraduate and high school science students. Essentials of Genetics includes clear, straightforward explanations, high quality video simulations, and links to research papers and reviews on advanced topics in genetics, all created and approved by teaching faculty.

“We want to provide students a reliable and citable online research library for term papers and exam prep,” said Nature Education Senior Vice President & Publishing Director Vikram Savkar, “and at the same time help the science come alive through high-quality visualizations.” In addition to Essentials of Genetics, Scitable features hundreds of free overviews of advanced topics in genetics, containing reliable and accurate content written and reviewed expressly for students by scientists. Students can also post questions to the Ask the Expert feature, where scientists will answer questions within 48 – 72 hours.  Active students can reach out to Scitable’s global community of faculty, researchers, and grad students to form study groups or ask advice.  Faculty may create free online research spaces for their classes in Scitable , including customizable reading lists and news feeds from major science magazines.

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About Nature Education
Nature Education is a new division of Nature Publishing Group devoted to facilitating high quality, accessible science education in all countries of the world. Nature Education is currently focused on bringing together high quality content, a global community of faculty, researchers, and students, and technology-based learning tools to provide a powerful new generation of science learning tools for the academic and consumer community.

About Nature Publishing Group (NPG)
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