biological science disciplines


Summary: All of the divisions of the natural sciences dealing with the various aspects of the phenomena of life and vital processes. The concept includes anatomy and physiology, biochemistry and biophysics, and the biology of animals, plants, and microorganisms. It should be differentiated from BIOLOGY, one of its subdivisions, concerned specifically with the origin and life processes of living organisms.

Top Publications

  1. Epstein N, Fischer M. Academic career intentions in the life sciences: Can research self-efficacy beliefs explain low numbers of aspiring physician and female scientists?. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0184543 pubmed publisher
    ..In contrast, no gender differences were found within the basic life sciences with respect to neither academic career intentions nor research self-efficacy. ..
  2. Hawkes N. Poor quality animal studies cause clinical trials to follow false leads. BMJ. 2015;351:h5453 pubmed publisher
  3. Poplawski A, Marini F, Hess M, Zeller T, Mazur J, Binder H. Systematically evaluating interfaces for RNA-seq analysis from a life scientist perspective. Brief Bioinform. 2016;17:213-23 pubmed publisher
    ..Considerable technical hurdles had to be overcome in our evaluation. For many users, this will diminish potential benefits compared with command line tools, leaving room for future improvement of interfaces. ..
  4. Callaway E. Geneticists eye the potential of arXiv. Nature. 2012;488:19 pubmed publisher
  5. Calvert J, Martin P. The role of social scientists in synthetic biology. Science & Society Series on Convergence Research. EMBO Rep. 2009;10:201-4 pubmed publisher
  6. Paik J, Howard G, Lorenz R. Postgraduate choices of graduates from medical scientist training programs, 2004-2008. JAMA. 2009;302:1271-3 pubmed publisher
  7. Callaway E, Powell K. Biologists urged to hug a preprint. Nature. 2016;530:265 pubmed publisher
  8. Bastow R, Leonelli S. Sustainable digital infrastructure. Although databases and other online resources have become a central tool for biological research, their long-term support and maintenance is far from secure. EMBO Rep. 2010;11:730-4 pubmed publisher
  9. Vari S. Key elements of networking in life sciences: collective creative thinking and team work. Croat Med J. 2015;56:75-7 pubmed

More Information


  1. . Europe PMC: a full-text literature database for the life sciences and platform for innovation. Nucleic Acids Res. 2015;43:D1042-8 pubmed publisher
  2. Philippi S. Data and knowledge integration in the life sciences. Brief Bioinform. 2008;9:451 pubmed publisher
  3. Trono D. Switzerland and the Digital Health Revolution. Chimia (Aarau). 2016;70:851-852 pubmed publisher
    ..The Swiss Federal government is investing in multidisciplinary, countrywide initiatives such as Health 2030 to meet this challenge. ..
  4. MacCoun R, Perlmutter S. Blind analysis: Hide results to seek the truth. Nature. 2015;526:187-9 pubmed publisher
  5. Boyle J. Biology must develop its own big-data systems. Nature. 2013;499:7 pubmed publisher
  6. Groza T, Tudorache T, Dumontier M. State of the art and open challenges in community-driven knowledge curation. J Biomed Inform. 2013;46:1-4 pubmed publisher
  7. Callaway E. Preprints come to life. Nature. 2013;503:180 pubmed publisher
  8. Boulesteix A, Janitza S, Hapfelmeier A, Van Steen K, Strobl C. Letter to the Editor: On the term 'interaction' and related phrases in the literature on Random Forests. Brief Bioinform. 2015;16:338-45 pubmed publisher
    ..In this letter to the Editor, we aim to clarify some of the central statistical concepts and point out some confusing interpretations concerning RF given by Touw et al. and other authors. ..
  9. Lantz M, Shuler C. Trends in Basic Sciences Education in Dental Schools, 1999-2016. J Dent Educ. 2017;81:eS55-eS65 pubmed publisher
    ..This article was written as part of the project "Advancing Dental Education in the 21st Century." ..
  10. Chou K. An Unprecedented Revolution in Medicinal Chemistry Driven by the Progress of Biological Science. Curr Top Med Chem. 2017;17:2337-2358 pubmed publisher
    ..In this review article, we are to address this from several different angles. ..
  11. Powell K. Does it take too long to publish research?. Nature. 2016;530:148-51 pubmed publisher
  12. Wei C, Beardsley P, Labov J. Evolution education across the life sciences: making biology education make sense. CBE Life Sci Educ. 2012;11:10-6 pubmed publisher
  13. Wiley C. Medical Scientist Training Programs: a modest proposal to eliminate federal funding in favor of individual fellowships. Acad Med. 2010;85:1558 pubmed publisher
  14. Brenner S. History of science. The revolution in the life sciences. Science. 2012;338:1427-8 pubmed publisher
  15. Melmed S, Vari S. Challenges in life sciences and health systems in the 21st century. Croat Med J. 2014;55:184-5 pubmed
  16. Rybinski M, Aldana Montes J. Calculating semantic relatedness for biomedical use in a knowledge-poor environment. BMC Bioinformatics. 2014;15 Suppl 14:S2 pubmed publisher
    ..Our method improves flexibility of the existing methods without a notable loss of quality. It is a legitimate alternative to the costly construction of specialized knowledge-rich resources. ..
  17. Petsko G. A seat at the table. Genome Biol. 2008;9:113 pubmed publisher
  18. Gomez Cabrero D, Abugessaisa I, Maier D, Teschendorff A, Merkenschlager M, Gisel A, et al. Data integration in the era of omics: current and future challenges. BMC Syst Biol. 2014;8 Suppl 2:I1 pubmed publisher
    ..We have used a web-survey to assess current research projects on data-integration to tap into the views, needs and challenges as currently perceived by parts of the research community. ..
  19. Callaway E. Heavyweight funders back central site for life-sciences preprints. Nature. 2017;542:283-284 pubmed publisher
  20. González Beltrán A, Maguire E, Sansone S, Rocca Serra P. linkedISA: semantic representation of ISA-Tab experimental metadata. BMC Bioinformatics. 2014;15 Suppl 14:S4 pubmed publisher
    ..Reasoning over ISA-Tab metadata and associated data will facilitate data integration and knowledge discovery. ..
  21. McCauley L. The Future of Dental Schools in Research Universities and Academic Health Centers. J Dent Educ. 2017;81:eS91-eS96 pubmed publisher
    ..This article was written as part of the project "Advancing Dental Education in the 21st Century." ..
  22. McMurry J, Juty N, Blomberg N, Burdett T, Conlin T, Conte N, et al. Identifiers for the 21st century: How to design, provision, and reuse persistent identifiers to maximize utility and impact of life science data. PLoS Biol. 2017;15:e2001414 pubmed publisher
    ..We focus strongly on web-based identifiers in the life sciences; however, the principles are broadly relevant to other disciplines. ..
  23. Mühll D. Chimia (Aarau). 2016;70:849-850 pubmed publisher
    ..Almost half of the projects are designed for PhD students and postdocs to train the next generation of systems biologists. The initiative will conclude in 2018; different measures will ensure its sustainable impact. ..
  24. Berkman M, Plutzer E. Science education. Defeating creationism in the courtroom, but not in the classroom. Science. 2011;331:404-5 pubmed publisher
  25. Motta S. From immune system to semiconductors--what next?: comment on "Thermostatted kinetic equations as models for complex systems in physics and life sciences" by Carlo Bianca. Phys Life Rev. 2012;9:406-9; discussion 418-25 pubmed publisher
  26. Bairoch A, Cohen Boulakia S, Froidevaux C. Review of the selected proceedings of the Fifth International Workshop on Data Integration in the Life Sciences 2008. BMC Bioinformatics. 2008;9 Suppl 8:S1 pubmed publisher
  27. Meder D, Morales M, Pepperkok R, Schlapbach R, Tiran A, Van Minnebruggen G. Institutional core facilities: prerequisite for breakthroughs in the life sciences: Core facilities play an increasingly important role in biomedical research by providing scientists access to sophisticated technology and expertise. EMBO Rep. 2016;17:1088-93 pubmed publisher
  28. Burger A, Romano P, Paschke A, Splendiani A. Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences, 2008--preface. BMC Bioinformatics. 2009;10 Suppl 10:S1 pubmed publisher
  29. Miller J, Dikow T, Agosti D, Sautter G, Catapano T, Penev L, et al. From taxonomic literature to cybertaxonomic content. BMC Biol. 2012;10:87 pubmed publisher
  30. Oliveira S. Introduction to the IX Meeting of the "Sociedade Brasileira de Biociências Nucleares". Caxambu, MG, Brazil, August 27-30, 2014. Braz J Med Biol Res. 2015;48: pubmed publisher
  31. Hara N, Chen H, Ynalvez M. Using egocentric analysis to investigate professional networks and productivity of graduate students and faculty in life sciences in Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0186608 pubmed publisher
    ..This study sheds light on the relationships of these invisible support networks to researcher productivity. ..