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The first Journal dedicated to Personalized Genetics?

I often get some e-mails from my readers asking me to tell them which journal focuses only on personalized genetics and I always have to say, as far as I’m concerned, there aren’t any really focused journals in this field of medicine. But now:

The biological sciences have been transformed by genomics over the past ten years, and the next decade will see a similar revolution in medicine. The medical research community is increasingly turning to the use of large-scale, high-throughput genomic techniques to address clinical questions.

To maximize the visibility and impact of this vital and growing field of research, we are pleased to announce the launch of the latest addition to the BMC series, BMC Medical Genomics. The journal is entirely open access – all articles will be immediately available to read online at no charge. BMC Medical Genomics will publish original peer-reviewed research articles on functional genomics, genome structure, genome-scale population genetics, epigenomics, proteomics, systems analysis and pharmacogenomics in relation to human health and disease. As well as research articles, we aim to publish Commentary articles exploring new directions and innovations in medical genomics. As with the other medical journals in the BMC series, BMC Medical Genomics will use open peer review; the names of the peer reviewers will be known to the authors and the reports will be made public alongside the published article.

I’m very excited! Check out the Editorial Board!


Famous Scientific Bloggers in the SciFoo Lives on Session

A quick reminder of tomorrow’s Second Life event, the next session of SciFoo Lives on. It’s going to take place on the Second Nature island and we’ll have some famous scientific bloggers presenting their slideshows including Jean-Claude Bradley, Bora Zivkovic and Sandra Porter!

Check it out on Monday at 16:00 GMT (=9:00 PT = 12:00 ET).


Read more about Scifoo Lives on:

The Best Innovations of 2007 in Medicine

The R & D Magazine asked some researchers from around the world to choose and present the best innovations of 2007 at the forefront of technology.

The editors of R&D Magazine are proud to announce the winners of the 45th Annual R&D 100 Awards. This annual competition recognizes the best in innovation—on a global scale. Indeed, the products and technologies highlighted on the following pages are among the most innovative ideas from today’s technology powerhouses in academia, government, and industry, worldwide.

Here is my selection from the field of medicine:

  • Active Protection System is a unique protective textile that instantly becomes rigid upon impact, but remains flexible and breathable when protection is not required. The System consists of a three-dimensional spacer fabric treated with a silicone coating. Versatile, durable and lightweight, it can be incorporated directly into a wide range of products to provide unprecedented levels of safety.


  • The INSORB® Subcuticular Skin Stapler is designed to combine the cosmetic result of absorbable sutures with the rapid closure times associated with metal skin staplers, while eliminating the need for metal staple removal post-operatively.


  • VaxDesign is an emerging biotechnology company that combines immunology with engineering to find elegant, practical solutions to complex biological problems. They develop in vitro assays of the human immune system that are functionally equivalent to the human immune system.


  • The pneumothorax detector system consists of two components. A control module provides power for the circuitry and MIR sensor, and also houses a processing system to analyze incoming data and detect the presence or absence of a pneumothorax. A probe unit is connected to the main control module and an antenna for sending out the MIR pulse, and detecting the reflected signal. Novel, high speed data acquisition and processing electronics in the control module acquire the data in real time.


  • Ultra-High-Resolution Mammography System (UHRMS) that equips doctors with a low-cost, high-quality alternative to digital radiography (currently the most popular mammographic technology at leading hospitals).


  • Researchers don’t necessarily have to attend a meeting in person to get something out of it. Virtual conferences are a growing trend; they have recently been held on topics including nanoscale structures, animal diseases, amphibian conservation, and climate change. One of the largest such events is the Virtual Conference on Genomics and Bioinformatics (VCGB)… Attendees to VCGB gather at local nodes linked together using Access Grid, a virtual collaboration system developed at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. (Science)


Don’t hesitate to tell us if you find better ones.

Medicine 2.0 #10 at Highlight HEALTH

The tenth, jubilee edition is up at Highlight HEALTH. Many thanks to Walter Jessen, for hosting Medicine 2.0! Clear sections, structure and an incredible number of submissions (40!!).

Check out Walter’s fantastic definitions of Medicine 2.0 and Health 2.0. Here is an exceprt:

Medicine 2.0 is science of maintaining and/or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis and treatment of patients utilizing web 2.0 internet-based services, including web-based community sites, blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, folksonomies (tagging) and rss, to collaborate, exchange information and share knowledge.


Medicine 2.0 editions so far:

The next edition of Medicine 2.0 will be hosted at The Health Wisdom Blog on Sunday, October 28th, 2007.

Drop me a line, if you’re interested in hosting an edition in 2008 (berci.mesko [at]

Submit your blog article to the next edition of medicine 2.0 using our carnival submission form.

And read about this interesting and emerging field here.


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