Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 15th International Conference on Bioinformatics (BIOINFO 2019)"

A special issue of Genes (ISSN 2073-4425). This special issue belongs to the section "Technologies and Resources for Genetics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (27 September 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Min Song
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Guest Editor
Department of Library and Information Science, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
Dr. Insuk Lee
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Department of Biotechnology, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
Prof. Doheon Lee
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Department of Bio and Brain Engineering, KAIST/BSRC, Daejeon, South Korea

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The 15th International Conference on Bioinformatics (BIOINFO 2019), the official annual meeting of the Korean Society for Bioinformatics (KSBI), will be held in Seoul, Korea, from August 26–27, 2019. The event website can be accessed at: http://www.ksbi.or.kr/bioinfo2019/ .

The aim of the conference is to present the latest progress in a wide spectrum of data-driven biology and biomedical informatics, including big data biology, precision medicine, artificial intelligence in healthcare, and cutting-edge omics technology, in addition to fostering communication among researchers in shaping the future of the research field.

The current Special Issue invites submissions of unpublished original work describing recent advances on all aspects related to the computational biology, and key themes include:

  • Omics technology and data analysis
  • Systems biology
  • Medical informatics (including EMR and medical image analysis)
  • Chemical informatics and computational drug discovery
  • Artificial intelligence in biology and medicine
  • Theoretical biology
  • Database, web servers, software packages for biological research and medicine

We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Prof. Min Song
Dr. Insuk Lee
Prof. Doheon Lee
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Omics technology and data analysis
  • Systems biology
  • Medical informatics (including EMR and medical image analysis)
  • Chemical informatics and computational drug discovery
  • Artificial intelligence in biology and medicine
  • Theoretical biology
  • Databases, web servers, software packages for biological research and medicine

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Identification of Key Genes for the Precise Classification between Solenopsis invicta and S. geminata Facilitating the Quarantine Process
Genes 2019, 10(10), 812; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes10100812 - 15 Oct 2019
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One of the 100 worst invasive exotic species, Solenopsis invicta (red imported fire ant), has the possibility to induce an allergic reaction that may eventually cause death from its aggressive stinging. In 2017, S. invicta was found at a container yard in Gamman [...] Read more.
One of the 100 worst invasive exotic species, Solenopsis invicta (red imported fire ant), has the possibility to induce an allergic reaction that may eventually cause death from its aggressive stinging. In 2017, S. invicta was found at a container yard in Gamman Port, Busan, South Korea for the first time. It may result in an infestation of fire ants in the Korean environment. After this incident, sensitive quarantine procedures are required to detect possible contamination of fire ants in imported containers. However, currently, fire ant identification relies on phenotypic characteristics. This requires highly trained experts for identification and there are not enough to cover all imported containers. Here, we develop a key molecular marker to distinguish S. invicta from others using the whole genome sequence (WGS) of collected S. invicta from Gamman Port and NCBI-deposited WGS data of S.invicta and S. geminata. The consolidated genotypes of Solenopsis genus successfully indicate the distinguishable gene. The gel-based experimental validation confirmed expected classification and the developed cleaved amplified polymorphic sequences (CAPS) marker also gave a consistent result. Using the CAPS marker derived from our consolidated genotypes, the samples collected from containers in several ports can be easily tested by PCR in a few hours. The quick and easy test would increase not only the labor efficiency but also the environmental safety from fire ants. Full article
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miR2Diabetes: A Literature-Curated Database of microRNA Expression Patterns, in Diabetic Microvascular Complications
Genes 2019, 10(10), 784; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes10100784 - 09 Oct 2019
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microRNAs (miRNAs) have been established as critical regulators of the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus (DM), and diabetes microvascular complications (DMCs). However, manually curated databases for miRNAs, and DM (including DMCs) association studies, have yet to be established. Here, we constructed a user-friendly database, [...] Read more.
microRNAs (miRNAs) have been established as critical regulators of the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus (DM), and diabetes microvascular complications (DMCs). However, manually curated databases for miRNAs, and DM (including DMCs) association studies, have yet to be established. Here, we constructed a user-friendly database, “miR2Diabetes,” equipped with a graphical web interface for simple browsing or searching manually curated annotations. The annotations in our database cover 14 DM and DMC phenotypes, involving 156 miRNAs, by browsing diverse sample origins (e.g., blood, kidney, liver, and other tissues). Additionally, we provide miRNA annotations for disease-model organisms (including rats and mice), of DM and DMCs, for the purpose of improving knowledge of the biological complexity of these pathologies. We assert that our database will be a comprehensive resource for miRNA biomarker studies, as well as for prioritizing miRNAs for functional validation, in DM and DMCs, with likely extension to other diseases. Full article
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