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VADLO is a life sciences search engine, privately owned by Life in Research, LLC., based in Illinois, USA. VADLO caters to life sciences and biomedical researchers, educators, students, clinicians and reference librarians. In addition to providing focused search on biology research methods, databases, online tools and software, VADLO is also a resource for powerpoints on biomedical topics, mainly for which, VADLO was named one of the top 10 Health Search Engines of 2008 by AltSearchEngines.
VADLO offers search within five categories:
VADLO is a vertical search engine, geared towards biomedical researchers. VADLO indexes only the webpages that have relevance to biomedical research; categorizes them in one of the five search categories, and returns results according to its relevance-rank algorithm . This process filters out non-research websites and makes the search results more specific in comparison to general-purpose search engines. VADLO index is built by supervised crawling of the web as well as by moderated user-submission. VADLO powerpoint index is built incorporating only the powerpoint files, with subject such as biology research, academia matters such as grants and funding,bioinformatics, biostatistics, biology education, medical topics such as diseases, treatment, literature, library topics relevant to biomedical reference librarians, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry related topics.
Genes and Proteins
One aspect of VADLO is that researchers can search for a gene or protein of their interest in the "Database" category, and receive reports from multiple large-scale databases. This precludes researchers from having to individually interrogate each of these numerous databases. In addition, genes that share their names with common terms, get obscured in the search results from search engines such as Google and Yahoo!. Because of the vertical indexing limited to biomedical topics, this does not happen with VADLO search results. (for example: ATM - Google, VADLO).
Life in Research Cartoons
VADLO website also displays cartoons that generally touch upon the lives of researchers. The cartoon themes center upon Postdoc life, journal publications, research organisms, organizations and clinical topics.