Vol.4 No.2 2011

Round-table talks−124−Synthesiology - English edition Vol.4 No.2 (2011) To tell you the truth, I wasn’t really sure what the difference between a Synthesiology paper and a conventional paper exactly was. I described my research in chronological order, and I was sure I organized it cleverly in terms of synthesis. It was reviewed by Vice-President Ono and Dr. Togashi, and the result was terrible: “We have no idea what you are talking about.” So, I abandoned the chronological order. What I wanted to express was just one point: “if we have such and such members and such and such composition, it can be realized as a product”. In the conventional journals, we must remove such elements and concentrate on the logic only, so I don’t think such papers can be readily understood by general readers. While academic papers are important, I think the writing style emphasizing synthesis will become increasingly important in the future. SuwaMy research topic is “A bioinformatics strategy to produce a project structure of spiral development: comprehensive functional analysis of the drug design target genes”, and it is a story of the database creation started in 2001 and the joint research using this database. There was an epic event in 2001 where the entire human genome was decoded. Among that genome sequence, we created a calculation pipeline which comprehensively searches for and conducts functional analysis of GPCR gene that transmits information received from the exterior to the interior of the human cell membrane AkamatsuUnlike the conventional academic journals that publish the scientific findings or the results of basic research, Synthesiology asks the authors “to write the scenario of the research”. In writing papers with a viewpoint quite different from the conventional way, I imagined that the authors might have encountered new findings or gains. Therefore, to commemorate the third year anniversary of Synthesiology, the authors got together with Dr. Yoshikawa to discuss their writing experiences.First, please describe your paper and what went through your minds while you were writing.What did you want to express in your paper?KomaiMy paper was “Development of a risk assessment system for soil contamination and the application to the social system: processes in synthesiology for practicing an advanced environmental risk management”. This research spanned two fields: environment/energy and geology. Unlike the risk assessment for air and surface water, the methodology of the risk assessment for soil and ground water was not established anywhere in the world, and we developed a technology to assess how such contamination may affect human health.Third anniversary of SynthesiologySynthesiology Editorial BoardA roundtable discussion of the authors was held for the third year anniversary of Synthesiology. We asked the authors what they gained from writing for Synthesiology, and their thoughts on the “Discussion with Reviewers” that is the distinguishing characteristic of this journal.[Translation from Synthesiology, Vol.4, No.2, p.115-120 (2011)]Hiroyuki YoshikawaMotoyuki AkamatsuTakeshi Komai Makiko SuwaYoshiki KinoshitaKoji WatariYasuhiro NakamuraKoji WakitaEditor,Center for Research and Development Strategy of Japan Science and Technology Agency, AISTExecutive Editor, SynthesiologyInstitute of Geo-Resources and Environment, AISTComputational Biology Research Center, AISTCollaborative Research Team for Verification and Specification, AISTPlanning Division, Research and Innovation Promotion Headquarters, AISTPlanning Headquarters, AISTGeoinformation Center, AISTParticipants of the Roundtable Session


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