> May 2006 report update (pdf
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> June 2007 - A collection of representative
scientific articles is being selected for a special issue of PAC
on Chemistry for Biology. The editorial work on this issue is now
in progress and publication is planned for December 2007. A final
report is planned to be
submitted in connection with the publication of the special issue.
> Dec 2007 - A Sympposium-in-print that
illustrates the fundamental role of chemistry in a wide variety
of biological topics has been published as a special issue of PAC
Vol. 79, No. 12, pp. 2179-2366.
It should be pointed out that the present Symposium-in-Print
complements the contributions from several recent IUPAC-sponsored
conferences such as the combined International Conference on Biodiversity
(ICOB-5) and International Symposium on the Chemistry of Natural
Products (ISCNP-25) in Kyoto, Japan, 2006 [PAC
2007, 79(4), 467-823], and the 9th Eurasia Conference on Chemical
Sciences, Antalya, Turkey, 2006 [PAC
2007, 79(12), 2101-2366]. Taken together, these contributions
constitute a broad spectrum of illustrations demonstrating the role
and the fundamental implications of chemistry for biology.
Chemistry for Biology (and the Dec 2007 PAC Sympposium-in-print) made the cover feature of Chem. Int. Mar-Apr. 2008
Conclusion: It is clear that research and development in chemical topics related to or directly involved in biological systems has become of increasing importance. Progress in this area of science is necessary for the understanding and control of these systems. Chemistry provides new tools for biology and the field offers new applications for chemistry. It is therefore not surprising that this new interdisciplinary area is rapidly developing and attracting attention of scientists from a broad range of disciplines. IUPAC should have an important role in this development. An interdivisional approach is needed for successful IUPAC actions in this important field. In conclusion, this task group suggests that future IUPAC activities in the field of chemistry for biology be placed on the IUPAC agenda as an area of high priority. An Interdivisional Task Group with IUPAC project support may take the responsibility for the coordination of these activities. The Task Group may operate under the present interdivisional Subcommittee of Biomolecular Chemistry.
Last update: 31 May 2008