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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 (╬╝PAD), 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. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique is a powerful analytical tool in determining the presence of bacterial contaminants in complex biological samples. In this paper, a portable NMR-based (pNMR) biosenso...

    Authors: Yilun Luo and Evangelyn C. Alocilja
    Citation: Journal of Biological Engineering 2017 11:14
  2. 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...

    Authors: Byunghoon Kang, Aastha Kukreja, Daesub Song, Yong-Min Huh and Seungjoo Haam
    Citation: Journal of Biological Engineering 2017 11:13
  3. 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...

    Authors: Ho Bin Seo and Man Bock Gu
    Citation: Journal of Biological Engineering 2017 11:11
  4. It is challenging to achieve ultrasensitive and selective detection of waterborne pathogens at extremely low levels (i.e., single cell/mL) using conventional methods. Even with molecular methods such as ELISA ...

    Authors: Chao Wang, Foram Madiyar, Chenxu Yu and Jun Li
    Citation: Journal of Biological Engineering 2017 11:9
  5. 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-...

    Authors: Hwi Jin Ko and Tai Hyun Park
    Citation: Journal of Biological Engineering 2016 10:17