Biology's new online archive

The physics community's arXiv site creates a space for quantitative biology papers

Charles Choi(
Sep 29, 2003

Coordinators of a new quantitative biology ("q-bio") archive on the open-access preprint server are urging scientists interested in biological physics, computational biology, neural science, systems biology, bioinformatics, mathematical biology, and theoretical biology to subscribe and to submit preprints and reprints to the physics and math site.

"It will help biology by indirectly guiding physicists to work on problems of direct biological relevance," said q-bio archive co-coordinator Terry Hwa of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). "It will enrich physics by providing a fresh, steady supply of interesting but complex phenomena arising in biology." Both experimental and theoretical contributions are welcome, he said.

"Having a common ground is a great benefit," said physicist Nigel Goldenfeld of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "It is a place that biologists can explore to see what physicists are thinking about their subject. Previously, there was no single place where one...