Issue 1 – Focus for 2013 and Cancer Nanotechnology Themed Issue

Welcome to a packed issue of Integrative Biology to begin the New Year!

Issue 1 begins with an editorial from Doug Lauffenburger, Chair of the Editorial Board in which he emphasises the focus of Integrative Biology in providing a ‘New Look at Biology’ and the interdisciplinary way in which our articles approach biological questions, opening up new lines of research and providing a platform for work that pushes known boundaries and conventions.

Our new look at biology
Douglas A. Lauffenburger
DOI: 10.1039/C2IB90056D

Guest Editor Piotr Grodzinski introduces the themed issue on Cancer Nanotechnology in his editorial, the aim of which is to present a select few articles that illustrate the ability of interdisciplinary work to answer biological problems, ultimately producing practical answers for clinical settings.

Themed issue on Cancer Nanotechnology
Piotr Grodzinski
DOI: 10.1039/C2IB90050E

The front cover of this themed issue features a Frontier Review from Steven Millward et al. providing a selective and critical look at the integration of in situ click chemistry with solid phase peptide libraries for ligand design.

In situ click chemistry: from small molecule discovery to synthetic antibodies
Steven W. Millward, Heather D. Agnew, Bert Lai, Su Seong Lee, Jaehong Lim, Arundhati Nag, Suresh Pitram, Rosemary Rohde and James R. Heath
DOI: 10.1039/C2IB20110K

On the inside front cover, a fascinating perspective by Alexander Stegh is highlighted on the progress towards personalized cancer nanomedicine and the large number of future challenges still faced to turn it into reality.

Toward personalized cancer nanomedicine – past, present, and future
Alexander H. Stegh
DOI: 10.1039/C2IB20104F

The work of the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, USA, is illustrated and described on this issue’s back cover. Read the perspective by Scott McNeil et al. here:

Common pitfalls in nanotechnology: lessons learned from NCI’s Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory
Rachael M. Crist, Jennifer Hall Grossman, Anil K. Patri, Stephan T. Stern, Marina A. Dobrovolskaia, Pavan P. Adiseshaiah, Jeffrey D. Clogston and Scott E. McNeil
DOI: 10.1039/C2IB20117H


Issue 1 of 2013 is full of interesting editorials, reviews and primary research in the field of Cancer Nanotechnology, so why not take a look now here? Cover articles are free to access for 6 weeks!*

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