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Advancing Methods in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Guest Editors:
Vaibhav Chand:
 University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Diego A. Forero: Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina, Colombia

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 August 2023

BMC Research Notes is calling for submissions for a Collection focused on Advancements and Additions to research techniques used in Molecular Biology and Genetics. Small changes to a method can produce huge improvements in research efficiency and reproducibility, while new, innovative techniques have the potential to reshape an entire research field.  We'd like to share your advances in methods with the scientific community, to help improve their research and your own.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Vaibhav Chand: University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Dr. Chand is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research is centred on the role of FoxM1 in hepatocellular carcinoma and breast cancer. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Delhi University in India and his post-doctoral training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Diego A. Forero: Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina, Colombia

Dr. Diego A. Forero, MD, PhD is currently Professor and Research Leader at the School of Health and Sport Sciences, Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina (Bogotá, Colombia). He is a Medical Doctor (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia) and has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (University of Antwerp, Belgium). He is member of editorial boards of several journals and has been a peer reviewer for numerous international publications, as well as academic and scientific institutions.

About the collection

The techniques we use to investigate the universe around us are essential for the advancement of science. Novel, methods can open whole new fields of study, while refinements to a protocol can dramatically improve its efficiency, accuracy and reliability of results. Such advancements have the greatest impact when shared and incorporated across research communities.

This collection, the first of a series at BMC Research Notes, seeks to showcase the myriad of improvements and additions to research techniques used across Molecular Biology and Genetics. We welcome Research Note articles addressing:

    • Methods to improve sample or data quality 
    • Methods that improve reliability and accuracy
    • Faster methods
    • More powerful methods
    • Method comparisons and Commentaries discussing:
    • The history and future of significant techniques or methods in molecular biology and genetics
    • New or scientifically challenging techniques and their potential
    • Controversial methods or models and their impact

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  1. Ganoderma extracts have the potential to be used as anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulator, and antimicrobial agents, as evaluated in numerous studies. This study was aimed to determine the lethal and in...

    Authors: Mohammad ahmadi, Mahboobeh Salimi, Mehrzad Saraei, Niloofar Salavati Nezhad, Amir Javadi, Faezeh Mohammadi, Peyman Heydarian, Ehsan Ali and Elham Hajialilo
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2023 16:82
  2. Comprehensive and reliable genome-wide variant analysis of a small number of cells has been challenging due to genome coverage bias, PCR over-cycling, and the requirement of expensive technologies. To comprehe...

    Authors: Zarko Manojlovic, Jordan Wlodarczyk, Cindy Okitsu, Yuxin Jin, David Van Den Berg, Michael R. Lieber and Chih-Lin Hsieh
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2023 16:66
  3. A centrifugation-assisted peptide-mediated gene transfer (CAPT) method was recently developed as an efficient system for gene delivery into plant cells. However, the gene transfer efficiency of CAPT into plant...

    Authors: Mitsuhiro Kimura, Akira Endo, Yozo Nagira and Takeshi Yoshizumi
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2023 16:46

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Advancing Methods in Molecular Biology and Genetics" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.