Advances in both molecular biology and information technology have paved the way to modern biology and its panel of new research fields. Under the current praise for innovation, the links between research and industry have been tightened up which, has further impacted on the economy of health, biotechnology, environment and agriculture sectors. In this context, the world of the Life scientist has drastically changed in terms of research strategy, experiment scale, technology complexity, data handling and analysis, funding policy as well as scientific research network. Rapid and efficient adaptation to this new research context has been the traits of the successful life scientist.

More than ever, in this highly challenging environment, information is the "sinews of war". The purpose of these pages on Life science and technology is to bring a common knowledge to foster interdisciplinary understanding.