Archive by date | February 2007

Cell Death & Differentiation special issue on capsases

The journal Cell Death & Differentiation presents its first special issue of its 2007 series with ‘Caspases’, cysteine proteases that are essential for executing apoptosis (programmed cell death). This research and teaching resource includes comprehensive articles on the basic biology of caspases, their mechanisms of activation, cellular substrates, natural and synthetic inhibitors, apoptopic and non-apoptopic functions and their role in inflammation and immunity. The “capsase” special issue of Cell Death & Differentiation is available free online.  Read more

Nature network: connecting scientists worldwide

Nature Network is now live. Please log on and experiment, spread the word to your own scientific network, and contact us with any questions or suggestions. You can use the site to create personal profile pages to describe yourself and your research. You can form topic-based groups, contribute to forums, view and announce seminars and conferences, read news and browse local job listings.  Read more

Chemists’ and biologists’ mechanistic middle ground

This month’s Editorial in Nature Chemical Biology, A mechanistic meeting point, addresses the divergent ideas among different communities of scientists of what constitutes mechanistic insight into a biological system. From the Editorial:  … Read more

The online edited “book”

Despite the inroads into publishing made by the open-access journals highlighted by the News articles in Nature (445, pp 347 and 351; 2007), there is one domain where traditional for-profit publishers still reign supreme: the academic edited book containing a set of chapters written by individual authors. Such books continue to be valuable to the scientific community. Many provide a collection of works on a single topic by authors with different perspectives, all guided by an editor who is one of the leading experts in the field. Today, publishers still churn them out, but increasingly books suffer in comparison to electronic journals. By the time all the authors send in their chapters and the book is typeset, printed, and purchased by libraries and individuals, the content is likely to be out of date. Unfortunately, the academic edited book is also usually expensive and not as widely available as most journals.  Read more

Free online access to Nature Reviews Microbiology in March

Nature Publishing Group is offering free online access to the entire March issue of Nature Reviews Microbiology. The journal has the highest impact factor, 13.989, of any monthly microbiology review journal, so do check it out. Reviews in the March issue include: “The antibiotic resistome: the nexus of chemical and genetic diversity” by Gerard D. Wright; “The road to chromatin – nuclear entry of retroviruses” by Youichi Suzuki and Robert Craigie; “Virus trafficking – learning from single-virus tracking” by Boerries Brandenburg and Xiaowei Zhuang; “Microfabrication meets microbiology” by Douglas B. Weibel, Willow R. DiLuzio and George M. Whitesides; and “Cannibalism and fratricide: mechanisms and raisons d’etre” by Jean-Pierre Claverys and Leiv S. Havarstein.  Read more

Nature China is born

Nature Publishing Group has launched a new web-based publication, Nature China. Nature China seeks to highlight the best scientific research published in Mainland China and Hong Kong in one convenient portal. AstraZeneca, as sponsor, will support the website for the next two years. In the past decade, the output of research papers from China in the Thompson ISI database has soared from 10,000 papers a year to more than 80,000, which is the same numerical level as the United Kingdom and Japan. The number of very high impact papers (citations in excess of 20) from China has increased ten-fold to several hundred. Nature China is dedicated to highlighting the best research from mainland China and Hong Kong, to provide scientists from around the world with a convenient portal into research drawn from across the scientific and medical literature in all disciplines.  Read more

Calling all immunologists

Nature Reviews Immunology has published a poster on phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signalling in the immune system. The poster provides an overview of p110-delta and p110-gamma signalling in T cells, B cells, mast cells and neutrophils, and characterizes the biological consequences. The poster is available free online, and there is an accompanying review article in the journal.  Read more