Inspired by the recent Nature Toolbox ‘How to tame the flood of literature‘ and by Casey Bergman’s FlyPapers, TheGBLab has created a Twitterbot for updates on neurogenetics related scientific literature.
A Twitterbot is a program used to produce automated posts on Twitter. Twitterbots come in many different flavors, being mostly known for serving as spam by automatically creating luring clicks on promotional links. @TheGBLab has used it to search the PubMed and bioRxiv using terms of interest like ‘Alzheimer’s disease’, ‘genetics’ and ‘Parkinson’s disease’. PubMed is a free search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics, and bioRxiv is a preprint server for biology, operated by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The Twitterbot then creates automatic tweets and posts them on a dedicated Twitter account: @.
We hope @ will help everyone interested in neurogenetics stay up to date with the enormous amount of scientific literature being produced in this area.