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Convergence of biosensors and technologies

We have recently witnessed a boom in biosensor research as well as its translation into clinical settings and consumer products. The number of journal publications and patent applications in biosensor research is also sharply increasing. Convergence of biosensors and technologies considered distinct from biosensor research is occurring. For example, biosensors are being integrated with smartphones, cloud computing, machine learning, internet of things (IoT), etc. In addition, new types of bioreceptors and transducers, including nanoparticles, nanorods, aptamers are being introduced, thus improving assay performance while allowing for detection that has previously not been possible. Use of lab-on-a-chip (LOC), especially micro paper analytic devices (μPAD), has also become popular in biosensor development towards point-of-care or field-deployable biosensing. Thanks to these efforts, biosensor research is transitioning into real-world applications, resulting in the formation of a large number of startup companies. This thematic series highlights these exciting new trends in biosensor research.

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript for this thematic series, please contact the series editor, Jeong-Yeol Yoon, with a title and an abstract. The series will run throughout 2016.

Please note that the article "Future developments in biosensors for field-ready Zika virus diagnostics" by Nicolini et al. was handled by  a different editor.

  1. Review

    Strategies for using nanoprobes to perceive and treat cancer activity: a review

    Nanomedicine has seen a significant increase in research on stimuli-responsive activatable nanoprobes for tumor-specific delivery and diagnosis. The tumor microenvironment has particular characteristics that c...

    Byunghoon Kang, Aastha Kukreja, Daesub Song, Yong-Min Huh and Seungjoo Haam

    Journal of Biological Engineering 2017 11:13

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  2. Review

    Aptamer-based sandwich-type biosensors

    Sandwich-type biosensor platforms have drawn lots of attentions due to its superior features, compared to other platforms, in terms of its stable and reproducible responses and easy enhancement in the detectio...

    Ho Bin Seo and Man Bock Gu

    Journal of Biological Engineering 2017 11:11

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  3. Review

    Technical advances in global DNA methylation analysis in human cancers

    Prototypical abnormalities of genome-wide DNA methylation constitute the most widely investigated epigenetic mechanism in human cancers. Errors in the cellular machinery to faithfully replicate the global 5-me...

    Basudev Chowdhury, Il-Hoon Cho and Joseph Irudayaraj

    Journal of Biological Engineering 2017 11:10

    Published on: 1 March 2017

  4. Review

    Future developments in biosensors for field-ready Zika virus diagnostics

    Since early reports of the recent Zika virus outbreak in May 2015, much has been learned and discussed regarding Zika virus infection and transmission. However, many opportunities still remain for translating ...

    Ariana M. Nicolini, Katherine E. McCracken and Jeong-Yeol Yoon

    Journal of Biological Engineering 2017 11:7

    Published on: 23 January 2017

  5. Review

    Bioelectronic nose and its application to smell visualization

    There have been many trials to visualize smell using various techniques in order to objectively express the smell because information obtained from the sense of smell in human is very subjective. So far, well-...

    Hwi Jin Ko and Tai Hyun Park

    Journal of Biological Engineering 2016 10:17

    Published on: 13 December 2016