From interpreting the structure and function of proteins to exploring the double helix structure of DNA and completion of the Human Genome Project, our understanding of the life sciences increased remarkably in the 20th century. These achievements were largely made by physicists, chemists, and biologists working within their own fields. Today, however, biological discoveries increasingly result from interdisciplinary approaches. For example, interpretation of the nucleotide sequence of genes is based on advances in engineering and computer science. Therefore, interdisciplinarity is essential for biology to advance in the 21st century.
No matter how complicated our future approaches to the exploration of the life sciences may be, there is no doubt that the organization of modern biological research is completely different from the traditional approaches used by our predecessors. The interaction and cooperation among biologists, chemists, computer scientists, engineers, and physicists have deepened. Research methodologies have gradually shifted from qualitative to quantitative; more precise and sophisticated instruments are being used, and analytical approaches are more data-oriented and systematic. The most exciting accomplishments in modern biology are invariably made by combining different disciplines. Many world-class research institutions have begun to break traditional, cultural, and bureaucratic boundaries and are establishing comprehensive research centers that are no longer led by a single department or discipline. Instead, they are placing a strong emphasis on the mutual exchange of ideas and collaboration among different disciplines. It is acknowledged that no single discipline can solve all the problems we are facing, so it is important for researchers with different backgrounds to communicate in an effective manner. Understanding and adapting to the requirements of interdisciplinary collaboration is an urgent challenge for every scientist today.
Journal of Bio-X Research aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between biology and many other disciplines and to provide a cross-boundary platform for the development of biology. Journal of Bio-X Research will focus on interdisciplinary collaborative research in biology and medical science in order to promote the application of advances in biology in modern medicine in areas such as etiology, pathophysiology, clinical diagnostics, and preventive medicine. We warmly welcome original research articles, literature reviews, and prospective articles. We also welcome novel ideas and methods articles.
As the Chief Editor, I am honored to bring together an editorial board of scientists from different fields. It is also my great pleasure to work with Wolters Kluwer, a well-known international academic publisher. One of the most exciting achievements of the 21st century will undoubtedly be advances in the life sciences. May Journal of Bio-X Research set the trend for biomedical science in the 21st century.