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Life’s Blueprint: Celebrating World DNA Day 

Life’s Blueprint: Celebrating World DNA Day 

Marking the anniversary of the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure in 1953 and the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, we are commemorating World DNA Day this April 25th

DNA, short for deoxyribonucleic acid, serves as the blueprint of life, encoding the genetic instructions that guide the development, functioning, and reproduction of all living organisms. Its double helix structure, discovered by James Watson, Francis Crick, Rosalind Franklin, and Maurice Wilkins, unveiled a profound understanding of how genetic information is stored and transmitted across generations. 

As we celebrate World DNA Day, let us reflect on the monumental achievements made possible by our understanding of DNA and recommit ourselves to unravelling what life itself is all about. The study of DNA has revolutionized scientific fields, from genomics and evolutionary biology to medicine and clinical research. By deciphering the intricacies of DNA, scientists have been able to seek insight into the origins of diseases, develop targeted therapies, engineer crops for greater resilience, and trace the migratory patterns of ancient civilizations, among countless other applications.  

We have come a long way since 1953, and today we would like to use this occasion to highlight collections of new and exciting interdisciplinary research that has resulted from the groundbreaking discoveries made about the human genome. 

Genomics 

Genome Integrity publishes research covering all aspects of genome stability, including the cellular processes involved in maintaining it and the consequences of instability. These processes encompass DNA damage sensing, signaling, and repair, as well as DNA damage processing within chromatin and chromosomes, cell cycle checkpoint regulation, and apoptosis control. Maintaining genome integrity is crucial for normal cell division, tissue health, aging, and disease prevention, particularly cancer.  

Genes & Diseases is an international journal focusing on molecular and translational medicine. It publishes original articles and reviews emphasizing the molecular mechanisms of human diseases and experimental therapeutics. Covering a wide range of biomedical research, it includes topics such as cell biology, molecular genetics, cancer biology, and regenerative medicine. 

Bentham Science offers over 130 peer-reviewed journals and books to academic and industrial professionals interested in science, technology, and medicine. Their publications cover a broad spectrum of fields such as pharmaceutical research, medical specialities, engineering, technology, and social sciences. For research on topics in genomics, check out Bentham Science’s Current Genomics or Current Gene Therapy journals: 

Translational and Clinical Medicine 

Life Sciences by AKJournals offers a collection of three journals covering diverse areas of medical and health sciences. Developments in Health Sciences promotes research in nutrition, nursing, physiotherapy, obstetrics, and public health. Interventional Medicine & Applied Science, supported by five scientific societies, focuses on interventional activities in cardiology, surgery, radiology, anesthesia, and intensive care. The European Journal of Microbiology and Immunology, a Gold Open Access publication, highlights new findings in medical microbiology and infection immunology. It primarily covers pathogenic bacteria and parasites, exploring molecular pathogenicity mechanisms, host-pathogen interactions, innate and adaptive immunity, and antimicrobial therapy. 

BIO Integration, a platinum Open Access journal, is committed to advancing modern medicine through multidisciplinary perspectives and rapid translation of discoveries to clinical practice. It serves as a forum for collaboration between academia, industry, and government organizations, bridging the gap between laboratory, clinic, and biotechnology industries. Focused on original, innovative research in biosciences, it emphasizes generating hypotheses relevant to patient care and disease management, and encourages the dissemination of new methods, applications, interpretations, and treatments for future theranostic applications. 

Karger Publishers is an independent global publishing house in health sciences operating over 100 peer-reviewed journals. Across the extensive and varied Karger portfolio, researchers, surgeons, and clinicians can access up-to-date articles covering a wide range of clinical topics. Below is a selection of some of most recent research from the Karger Super Collection, all of which is especially relevant for World DNA Day: 

Karger: Endocrinology 

Karger: Neurology and Neuroscience 

Karger: Oncology 

Hematology and Oncology Discovery facilitates communication among hematologists and oncologists. It covers basic, translational, and clinical research, aiming to enhance diagnosis and treatment through practical experiences, latest advancements, and new technologies. The journal welcomes original research, reviews, case studies, clinical trials, and individual perspectives on specific disorders. It encourages a holistic, multidisciplinary approach, focusing on gene therapy, immunotherapy, transplantation, and insights into molecular pathways and genomics.

Vascular Biology, a publication by Bioscientifica, focuses on research in vascular biology, including basic, clinical, and translational studies in areas such as cardiology, oncology, vascular development, inflammation, wound healing, and bioengineering. With a commitment to expedited peer review and publication, the journal aims to provide authors with high visibility and rapid dissemination of their work (i.e., accepted manuscripts are published online and made fully citable within 24 hours!).

The Wits Journal of Clinical Medicine (WJCM) is a peer-reviewed research journal published three times annually, serving as a platform for showcasing scientific research from Clinical Medicine Departments globally. It addresses pressing health issues through opinion pieces and commentaries and offers Open Access publication opportunities for emerging researchers.  

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