Special Issue "High-throughput Screening"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2010)
In addition to being the workhorse of the pharmaceutical industry, high-throughput screening is becoming a more and more central experimental approach in diverse research areas ranging from genomics, proteomics to systems and synthetic biology. The idea of characterizing entire ensembles of genes, proteins, small molecule or organismal repertoires is attractive when the complexity of a system defies straightforward understanding and rational manipulation.
In contrast to selection approaches that obey a ‘first-past-the-post’ logic, screening quantitatively measures one or more experimental parameters for the entire library. The knowledge about an entire library may give rise to structure-activity relationships and allows a more informed choice about which molecules to select e.g. for further rounds of evolutionary improvements.
Accessibility of these approaches to a wider circle of experimentalists has been driven by technological advances, specifically miniaturization and advances in detection systems. This issue will focus on the technical advances that give insight into property spaces and combine it with an outlook towards the potential of such massively parallel experimentation in Chemistry and Biology.
Florian Hollfelder, Ph.D.
- DNA library
- Encoding /decoding
- In vitro compartmentalisation
- Systems biology
- Synthetic biology