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This is a wonderful and unique resource.  Let's do what we can to keep it available to everyone!
For more than 20 years COPE, a resource that first started as a "dictionary of cytokines" and evolved into what its author, Horst Ibelgaufts calls "a very comprehensive " hypertexted web encyclopedia covering the manifold aspects of cellular communication biology" was freely available and regularly updated. Unfortunately Horst, a German molecular biologist now living in the Philippines is no longer financially able to maintain his resource:

http://www.cells-talk.com/index.php/page/story

Also see the very nice interview with Horst in Lab Times issue 3 of 2015 (pages 17 to 19):

http://www.labtimes.org/epaper/LT_15_06.pdf

About six weeks ago Horst's free site (http://www.copewithcytokines.de) became a paying site (http://www.cells-talk.com/)

A full subscription cost 99 USD per year. Hopefully this will work, but if Horst could manage to get something like 12'000 per year and probably a few thousands more to allow him to upgrade his computer equipment and pay a programmer he could go back to the free to all model that existed up to now.

Horst has second thoughts about starting a crowd funding effort by himself for a simple reason: he cannot imagine that the anonymous crowd  for whom the contents of his 45,000+ web encyclopedia must be more than esoteric could be more responsive than COPE users. 

Maybe those of you, who like me think his resource is wonderful, wants to do something to save this very useful resource and maybe also to plan with Horst on how what he did can continue to be useful when he will no longer be willing or capable to maintain it.
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I'm riding in Pelotonia 2015, raising funds to fight cancer. 100% of funds raised by riders go directly to cancer research. Please sponsor my ride and join me in this fight! http://pelotonia.org/RuchiraDatta
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At Algebraic and Combinatorial Approaches to Systems Biology 2015 http://acsb.cqm.uchc.edu #ACSB2015  
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Our Sanskrit class is resuming and will be conducted entirely via Google Hangout. For each verse of the Bhagavad-gita, we go through all the grammar and vocabulary. We'll also try to analyze some Sanskrit commentaries thereon, perhaps those of Śaṅkarāchārya and Rāmānujāchārya (we haven't done this before, so we'll have to see how this goes for those already in the class). You can see what we'll be covering at this nice website: http://www.bhagavadgita.eu/en/?cat=19
Next week we'll be starting Chapter 6, Dhyāna-Yoga, i.e., The Yoga of Dhyāna. The Sanskrit word Dhyāna is usually translated as "meditation". (Interestingly, from Sanskrit Dhyāna came Chinese ch'an, from which came Japanese Zen.)
The instructor, Dr. Bruno Galasek, is located in Berkeley, California, and the class takes place on Wednesdays, 5-7pm Pacific Daylight Time (so the next meeting is on March 25th). If you'd like to jump in, please contact +Bruno Galasek .
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