Special Issues

Life publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Application of Omics Technologies in the Study of Antibiotic Resistance: Trends and Beyond submission deadline 12 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 482 | Submission Open
Keywords: antibiotic resistance; genomic; transcriptomic; metabolomic; system biology; multi-omics technologies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics and Genomics)
AI and Precision Medicine: Using Machine Learning for Disease Diagnosis and Prediction
edited by and Sarantis Chlamydas
submission deadline 12 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 330 | Submission Open
Keywords: AI; machine learning; cancer; cardiovascular diseases; neurological disorders; genomics; diagnosis; prognosis; treatment response; disease-risk prediction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Persistent Organic Pollutants in Breast Milk submission deadline 12 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 140 | Submission Open
Keywords: persistent organic pollutants; breast milk; environmental exposure
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver in Everyday Clinical Practice: From Diagnosis to Therapy
edited by and Łukasz Mokros
submission deadline 18 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5186 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Feature Papers in Animal Science: 2nd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 19 Apr 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5797 | Submission Open
Keywords: fish; microbial ecology; lipid nutrition; electron microscopy; gut microbiota; proteomics; next generation sequencing; arthropod parasites; protease inhibitors; disease vectors; cystatin; serpin; kunitz; tick; insect; vector– host interaction; innate immunity; shellfish immunology; bivalve molluscs; transcriptomics; diseases; hemocytes; microscopy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Science)
Skin Cancer: From Molecular Basis to Therapy
edited by
submission deadline 19 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5502 | Submission Open
Keywords: nonmelanoma skin cancer; melanoma; cutaneous lymphoma; Kaposi sarcoma; skin directed therapy; carcinogenesis; UV radiation; tumor predisposition syndrome
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Knee Osteoarthritis and Photobiomodulation Therapy submission deadline 19 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3259 | Submission Open
Keywords: knee osteoarthritis; light-emitting diode therapy; low-level laser therapy; high-intensity laser therapy; photobiomodulation therapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Advances in Neuroprotein Research: Functions, Pathologies and Treatments submission deadline 19 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1476 | Submission Open
Keywords: neuroproteins; tau protein; α -synuclein; amyloid; biomarker discovery; brain function; neurodegeneration
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Cancer Cell Reprogramming and Emerging Approaches
edited by Yan Ma, Jing Ma and Sanjay Mukherjee
submission deadline 22 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 123 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering)
Novel Approaches in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to Improve Quality of Life
edited by Silvan Maximilian Klein and Alexandra M. Anker
submission deadline 23 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2496 | Submission Open
Keywords: reconstructive surgery; peripheral nerve injury; tissue repair; tissue engineering; peripheral nerve gaps; management of bone defects; molecular aspects of tissue repair; cancer therapy; cancer diagnostics; tissue imaging; artificial intelligence; cell-based tissue repair; rehabilitation after reconstructive surgery; facial reconstruction; breast reconstruction; lymphedema surgery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Brain-Heart Axis: Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cardiovascular Disorders and Mental Health
edited by Giuseppe Marano and
submission deadline 23 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2169 | Submission Open
Keywords: brain– heart axis; molecular mechanisms; cardiovascular disorders; psychological factors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Novel Insights into Coronary Artery Disease
edited by Giampaolo Niccoli and Filippo Luca Gurgoglione
submission deadline 24 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 132 | Submission Open
Keywords: coronary artery disease; novel diagnostic tools; atherosclerotic plaque phenotype; personalized therapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Eimeria and the Future of Coccidiosis Control submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 13452 | Submission Open
Keywords: Eimeria species;   coccidiosis;   disease control;   chemoprophylaxis;   vaccination;   natural compounds;   novel antigens;   immunoprotection;   population genetics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Science)
Beyond Atherosclerosis: Between Unresolved Questions, Ongoing Studies, and Future Perspectives—2nd Edition submission deadline 26 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 194 | Submission Open
Keywords: atherosclerosis; cardiovascular risk; hypercholesterolemia; hypertension; inflammation; cardiovascular prevention
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Vascular Disease: Etiologic, Diagnostic, Prognostic and Therapeutic Research—2nd Edition submission deadline 28 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1223 | Submission Open
Keywords: vascular diseases; etiology; diagnosis; prognosis; therapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Therapeutic Effects of Natural Products on Human Diseases
edited by
submission deadline 29 Apr 2024 | 14 articles | Viewed by 16722 | Submission Open
Keywords: natural products; natural extracts; cancer; neurodegenerative diseases; immunological disorders; metabolic diseases; oriental medicine; micro-organisms; algae; functional foods
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Science)
Applications of Ultrasound in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
edited by Vito D’Andrea, Alessandro Perri and Giorgia Prontera
submission deadline 29 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 145 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Radiobiology and Nuclear Medicine)
Applications of Dermatoscopy in Skin Diseases submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 9966 | Submission Open
Keywords: melanoma; skin cancer; inflammoscopy; trichoscopy; ultraviolet reflectance dermatoscopy; skin of colour; basal cell carcinoma; squamous cell carcinoma; nevus; digital dermoscopy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Clinical Manifestations and Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 9699 | Submission Open
Keywords: autoimmunity; immunobiology; vaccine; leucocytes; immune system
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Natural Additives to Promote Organic and Sustainable Poultry Production submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 8593 | Submission Open
Keywords: poultry; sustainable intensification; product quality; physiological responses; nutrient digestibility; growth performance; carcass performance; Gut microbiota
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Science)
Pancreatectomy and Pancreatic Surgery submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5761 | Submission Open
Keywords: pancreatectomy; pancreaticoduodenectomy; central pancreatectomy; distal pancreatic resection; total pancreatectomy; pancreaticojejunostomy; venous resection; arterial resection; postoperative pancreatic fistula
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Research Advances in Bone and Cartilage Tissue Engineering submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5028 | Submission Open
Keywords: stem cells for bone and cartilage repair; gene therapy for bone and cartilage repair; bone defect and regeneration; cartilage tissue engineering; growth factors; biomaterials for bone tissue engineering; biomaterials for cartilage tissue engineering
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering)
The Importance of Diagnosing and Predicting Rheumatic Diseases: Biomarkers, Indexes and Tools submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4670 | Submission Open
Keywords: prediction and prognosis biomarkers; bioinformatics; GWAS; epiGWAS; SNPs; severity scores; combabilities; cardiovascular and pulmonary combabilities; predictive models
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Advances and Applications of Sport Physiology
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4533 | Submission Open
Keywords: sports medicine; strength and conditioning; diagnostics; sport injuries; performance analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Current Problems and New Horizons in Headache Clinical Practice
edited by , Tomokazu Shimazu and Muneto Tatsumoto
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4498 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Ecology and Conservation of Small Mammals: Exploring Biodiversity, Climate Resilience, and Ecosystem Dynamics through Small Mammal Monitoring and Research submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3862 | Submission Open
Keywords: small mammals; biodiversity; indicators; monitoring; assessment; communities
(This special issue belongs to the Section Diversity and Ecology)
Effect of Biostimulants in the Soil-Plant-Microbe System
edited by Regina Gabilondo
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3265 | Submission Open
Keywords: soil– plant– microbe system; biostimulant; rhizosphere; fertilizer; availability of mineral nutrients; microfaunal grazing; protozoa; nematode; mycorrhizae; microbial loop
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
New Insights into Pediatric Cardiology submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3071 | Submission Open
Keywords: pediatric cardiology; patentus ductus arteriosus; interventional cardiology; cardiac catheterization; echocardiography; congenital heart disease; cardiac enzymes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Epidemiology, Virology, and Prevention of Infectious Diseases in Human
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2948 | Submission Open
Keywords: human virology; viral disease; virus; infection; vaccine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Epidemiology)
The Origins and Evolution of the Genetic Code
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2006 | Submission Open
Keywords: origin of the genetic code; origin of tRNA; origin of amino acid metabolism; origin of genes; origin of proteins; origin of life; evolution of the genetic code; evolution of amino acid metabolism; evolution of genes; evolution of proteins
(This special issue belongs to the Section Origin of Life)
Immunity in Viral or Bacterial Infections: 2nd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1418 | Submission Open
Keywords: acquired immunity; innate immunity; viral infection; bacterial infection
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Assessments of Bioactive and Toxic Substances in Cellular and Animal Models
edited by and Tomáš Jambor
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1366 | Submission Open
Keywords: cell biology; animal physiology; natural compounds; xenobiotics; trace elements; reproductive toxicology; oxidative status markers; health status; ecotoxicology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering)
Studies and Treatments in Foot and Ankle Surgery
edited by Shun-Ping Wang
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1129 | Submission Open
Keywords: foot; ankle; trauma; kinematics and kinetics; conservative treatment; surgical treatment; minimal invasive surgery; endoscopy and arthroscopy; bioengineering; biomedicine; biomechanics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
The Clinical Application of Brain–Machine Interfaces (BMIs)
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1088 | Submission Open
Keywords: brain– machine interfaces; brain– computer interfaces; neurorehabilitation; neuroengineering; neurophysiology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
The Genomics of Medicinal Plants
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1077 | Submission Open
Keywords: medicinal plants; genomics; transcriptomics; plastid genomics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
Elements Cycling and Plants’ Physiological Characteristics: A Soil–Plant–Atmosphere Continuum Perspective
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1063 | Submission Open
Keywords: element cycling; microbial communities; plant nutrition; plant physiology; plant biochemistry; atmospheric composition; climate change; soil– plant– atmosphere interaction; plant– soil feedback
(This special issue belongs to the Section Diversity and Ecology)
Genomic Approaches in Plant Pathology submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1061 | Submission Open
Keywords: pathogen genomics; plant– microbe interactions; diseases; transcriptomics; next-generation sequencing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
Pathology and Treatment of Vascular Complications during Pregnancy submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1059 | Submission Open
Keywords: maternal– fetal interface; placenta; immune tolerance; implantation; decidualization; angiogenesis; inflammation; oxidative stress
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Neuropathogenesis of Chronic Toxoplasma gondii Infection in Immunocompetant Hosts
edited by and Robert H. Yolken
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 935 | Submission Open
Keywords: bradyzoites; cysts; chronic infection; neuroinflammation; neuropsychiatric disease; parasite persistence; bradyzoite recrudescence; schizophrenia
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Molecular Therapy for Non-small Cell Lung Cancer
edited by Weijie Ma
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 622 | Submission Open
Keywords: non-small-cell lung cancer; molecular targets; tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs); immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs); biomarker; oncogenic driver mutation; acquired resistance; precision oncology; lung cancer; next generation sequence
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Ruminant Nutrition Strategies to Improve Feed Efficiency and Reduce Methane Emissions
edited by , Tongjun Guo and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 526 | Submission Open
Keywords: ruminant nutrition; roughage utilization; unconventional feed materials; feed efficiency; production performance; methane emissions; feed additive
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Science)
Novel Approaches to Early Cancer Detection
edited by Frank Diehl, Christopher Blair Douville and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 271 | Submission Open
Keywords: multi-cancer early detection; screening; early detection
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Plant Adaptation Mechanisms to Abiotic Stresses
edited by Sunchung Park
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 228 | Submission Open
Keywords: abiotic stress; plant adaptation mechanisms; cold; heat; drought; salinity; flooding; water logging; transcription factors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
Heavy Metal Stress Physiology in Plants
edited by Peng Chen and Dengjie Luo
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 194 | Submission Open
Keywords: heavy metal toxicity; phytoremediation; stress alleviation  ; physiological response  ; biochemical response; gene expression
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
DNA Damage, Repair and Mutagenesis submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 178 | Submission Open
Keywords: genomics; epigenomics; genome instability; cancer; neurodegeneration; ageing; chemotherapy; replication; transcription; mutational signatures
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics and Genomics)
Advancements in Evolutionary Computation
edited by Leilei Cao and Shuwei Zhu
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 170 | Submission Open
Keywords: evolutionary computation; swarm intelligence; genetic algorithms; bio-inspired optimization; particle swarm optimization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biochemistry, Biophysics and Computational Biology)
Biological and Clinical Research of Germ Cells
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 141 | Submission Open
Keywords: germ cells; spermatozoa; oocytes; cumulus oocyte complex; sexually transmitted infections; ICSI; IVF; infertility; reproduction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering)
Lung and Pleural Diseases: Early Diagnosis and Treatment
edited by Georgia F. Hardavella and Eleni Karetsi
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 140 | Submission Open
Keywords: lung cancer; COPD; asthma; ILD; mesothelioma; pleural effusion; pleuritis; obstructive sleep apnoea; TB
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Hybrid Imaging of Complicated Osteomyelitis in the Central and Peripheral Skeleton
edited by Filip F.A.Y. Gemmel and Charito Love
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 138 | Submission Open
Keywords: chronic osteomyelitis; violated bone; PET; SPECT; hybrid imaging
(This special issue belongs to the Section Radiobiology and Nuclear Medicine)
Synthetic Microbes as Biosensors: From the Lab Bench to the Bedside submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 93 | Submission Open
Keywords: diagnosis; synthetic biology; bioengineering; living cells; personalized medicine; therapeutics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Synthetic Biology and Systems Biology)
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