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Aims & Scope
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All cells are electric. The study of electricity in, around, and among cells is the study of Bioelectricity. It encompasses all of the biological phenomena that depend on the localization and/or movement of ions, a topic that, with the notable exception of action potentials, has been surprisingly understudied. Now, however, scientists across disciplines have begun to recognize the importance of bioelectricity to our understanding of life, and the practicality of applying that understanding to medicine. The field of bioelectricity, much like the field of biochemistry, is becoming a foundational component of the biological sciences. The scientists who pioneered modern studies of bioelectricity have created a solid footing for the imminent upsurge in exploration: Voltage, current, resistance, pH, and other familiar ion-dependent phenomena, have all been found to be generated and maintained by cells in highly conserved, energy-dependent processes. Phenomena as diverse as local cell-cell communication and patterning of entire organisms, have been shown to require bioelectric mechanisms working synergistically with molecular mechanisms. Using extant tools scientists can already manipulate cell identity; cause, inhibit, or reverse tumorigenesis; listen in on and affect communication between cells; and steer growth and differentiation in cultured cells and model organisms. Soon manipulating bioelectric signaling, with tools already in development, could be used in humans to treat cancer or to initiate regeneration of whole limbs and organs. The possibilities are truly astonishing. This journal, the first devoted explicitly to bioelectricity, documents the realization of those possibilities and narrate this next step in the evolution of how we study life.
Spearheaded by our pioneering Editor-in-Chief, Dany Spencer Adams, PhD, and Executve Editor, Micheal Levin, PhD, Bioelectricity, is published online and in print with open access options and rapid turnaround of submissions. It provides a high-profile, international forum for groundbreaking original research papers, review articles, captivating front matter, debate, and commentary. Bioelectricity is an exciting and dynamic focal point for the growing bioelectricity community and stands as the go-to resource driving the field forward.
We welcome original research papers on every aspect of bioelectricity in biology and technology, including original research (in any organism), translational, and clinical, and applications. Specific areas of interest include (but are not limited to):
Bioelectric Mechanisms Associated with:
- Cell Signaling
- Channels and Pumps
- Physiology (Animal and Plant)
- Biomedical Approaches
- Electropharmaceuticals and Electroceuticals
- Medical Devices
- Regenerative Medicine
- Synthetic Biology
- Tissue Engineering
Tools for Bioelectricity Research:
- Intellectual Property and Patenting
- Simulation Software and Mathematical Models
- Tools to Manipulate Bioelectric Signals