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As. Pac. J. Mol. Biol. & Biotech., Dec 2002
Vol. 10 (2) : 73


Letter from the Editor


This edition marks the 10th anniversary of this journal and I believe the coming of age of molecular biology and biotechnology in the region. The Human Genome sequence will be completed in 2003 and the World Health Organization has recently launched the global Genomics and Health Initiative.

Most biotechnology and genomics research is being carried out in the industrialized world although it is heartening to note that the pace is increasing in our region. The current development of methodologies and new therapies are primarily market driven. While the pace of science and technology progresses ahead, several crucial factors in developing countries, specifically those in the Asia Pacific Region may determine the course of events. The majority of the world’s population and natural resources are here. Many of the disease groups and new diseases are emerging. The market size and number of potential consumers is huge. Technological advances may be quite easily transferred providing the population is educated and trained. Issues encompassing intellectual property, biopiracy, exploitation, fear of being left behind, the genomics divide and the impact of globalization are of concern. Initiatives must be taken within the developing countries in the region and perhaps elsewhere to initiate and maintain the necessary scientific, legal, social and ethical capacities required to cope with the tides that determine our future.

The Board of Editors thanks you for your sustained interest and contributions over the years. I wish to draw your attention to some recent changes we have made to further improve the quality of the journal to better serve your interests. We have now several regional editors based in Australia, Indonesia, Thailand and Mexico who will facilitate the initial assessments of manuscripts. The international advisory board has been trimmed and streamlined. We will expand it when opportunities present themselves so that we do get scientists of the highest quality and dedication. We are also receiving cooperate sponsorship which helps us maintain the current nominal subscription and publication rates. Contributors are advised to read carefully the revised instructions to authors to ensure that all relevant information is present, upon submission of manuscripts. You are also asked to suggest the names and contact information of at least 2 potential reviewers who are familiar with your field of work. I cannot over emphasize the requirement for complete references. Failure to do so will result in unnecessary delay or rejection. Kindly appreciate that we have to conform to international publishing standards. With your co-operation, we will ensure that publication is conducted in a timely manner.

Once again, thank you. Keep publishing

Chief Editor
Maude E. Phipps

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