Focuses and supplements


Nature Cell Biology periodically publishes special supplements and focuses on timely topics of particular interest to cell biologists. This page provides an index of the different supplements and focuses that we have released over the past few years.


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2017

Series on mechanobiology

Series on Mechanobiology

Cell behaviour is governed by the mechanical environment, which influences not only cell-intrinsic properties, but also cellular interactions at the tissue and organism level. Thus, the sensing and transduction of mechanical forces has become an intensely studied aspect of cell biology. Nature Cell Biology presents a series of commissioned Review articles in this exciting field, which will be published in the journal over several months. An accompanying online library presents recent research and review articles published in Nature Cell Biology and other Nature journals.


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2016

Series on stem cell biology

Series on Stem Cell Biology

Stem cells have the unique capacity to self-renew and differentiate into a wide array of more specialized cells during development, but also to maintain homeostasis and to support tissue regeneration. Thus stem cells and their more differentiated derivatives are attractive models for studying development and disease, and represent a potential source for cell replacement therapies. Nature Cell Biology presents a series of commissioned articles that discuss recent advances, challenges and controversies in stem cell research. An accompanying online library contains research articles on this topic published in the past eighteen months by Nature Cell Biology and other Nature journals.


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2015

Series on Metabolism

Series on Metabolism

Metabolism has a central role in cellular and organismal growth, survival and development. Imbalances in metabolic pathways have also been linked to diseases such as cancer and obesity. Nature Cell Biology presents a series of review articles published in the journal over several months, covering various aspects of this diverse field. An accompanying online library presents research papers on this topic published in the past two years from Nature Cell Biology and other Nature journals.


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2014

Series on Cancer Cell Biology

Series on Genome Instability

Cells are exposed to both internal and external threats against the integrity of the genome. DNA damage and incorrect chromosome segregation can have deleterious effects such as cell death and uncontrolled proliferation. Therefore, multiple mechanisms are in place to ensure the surveillance and maintenance of genome integrity. Current topics in this exciting and active field have been discussed by leading scientists in a series of Reviews published in Nature Cell Biology over the past months. These are accompanied by a library of related research articles published recently in Nature Cell Biology and other Nature journals.


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2013

Series on Cancer Cell Biology

Series on Cancer Cell Biology

Cancer is a disease of deregulated cellular behaviour. Oncogenic alterations endow cancer cells with properties that allow them to hijack normal cellular processes resulting in unlimited proliferation, evasion of death signals and spread to distant sites through the process of metastasis. Nature Cell Biology presents a series of review and perspective articles published over several months, in which leading scientists discuss recent advances and challenges in cancer cell biology. An accompanying online library presents related research papers from Nature Cell Biology and other Nature journals.


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2012

Focus on Cell biology of metabolism

Focus on Cell biology of metabolism

Normal cellular function requires coordinated control of the pathways that regulate nutrient uptake, respiration and biosynthesis. Thus, how metabolism is regulated, and how alterations in metabolic pathways lead to disease, are important and active areas of research. This special collection of research and review articles published in Nature Cell Biology highlights recent advances in this rapidly moving field.


Focus on Stem cells

Focus on Ciliogenesis

Cilia are dynamic organelles that modulate various developmental and physiological processes. Perturbation of cilia function has been linked to a range of diseases. We present a collection of research articles published in Nature Cell Biology over the past few years that highlights current knowledge of cilia biogenesis and function.


Focus on Stem cells

Focus on Membrane dynamics

Cellular membranes in eukaryotes are dynamic structures. The budding and fusion of vesicles, as well as the proper delivery of their contents, requires coordinated interactions between coat complexes, adaptor proteins, cargo molecules and cellular machinery including the cytoskeleton. The January 2012 issue of Nature Cell Biology presents a series of review articles by leading scientists on recent developments in membrane dynamics — including endocytosis, and vesicle biogenesis and transport — and the importance of these processes in development and disease.


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2011

Focus on Stem cells

Focus on Cell cycle and DNA damage

The maintenance of genomic integrity requires tight control of the cell division process as well as accurate repair of damaged DNA, and failure in such mechanisms can cause developmental disorders and cancer. In the October issue of Nature Cell Biology, leading scientists highlight and discuss new developments in these areas.

Focus on Stem cells

Focus on Stem cells

The pace of stem cell research continues to accelerate, with rapid advances being made in diverse areas, from understanding the fundamentals of their biology to how these unique cells can give insights into the genetic and cellular causes of human disease. To highlight and evaluate key topics in this exciting field, Nature Cell Biology and Nature Reviews Genetics have joined forces to commission this authoritative Focus on Stem Cells, featuring reviews by leading stem-cell scientists.


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2010

Focus on Autophagy

Focus on Autophagy

Autophagy targets damaged organelles and proteins for lysosomal degradation. This potent degradation mechanism has crucial roles in development, immune defence, programmed cell death, tumour suppression, neurodegeneration and stress response. The September 2010 issue of Nature Cell Biology presents a series of specially commissioned Reviews, Perspectives and Commentaries highlighting new insights into this process.


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2009

Nature Cell Biology's Tenth anniversary

A decade of Nature Cell Biology

To celebrate Nature Cell Biology's tenth anniversary, we have assembled a collection of papers published over the past decade, spanning the diverse subject areas covered by the journal. The papers are representative of the journal's scope and quality but the list is not intended to be comprehensive.


Nature Milestones in Light Microscopy

Nature Milestones in Light Microscopy

Light microscopy is the focus of the latest addition to our Milestone series. Light microscopy has provided the dominant data stream increasing our understanding of cell biology, and new powerful imaging tools and techniques continue to be developed. The Nature Milestones in Light Microscopy supplement contains a series of short articles presenting key developments, from the first microscope to 'super-resolution' imaging.


Microbial host cell subversion

Focus on Microbial host cell subversion

Nature Cell Biology and Nature Reviews Microbiology present a set of specially commissioned articles that highlight recent progress in our understanding of how microorganisms exploit the cell biology of their host.

May Vol. 11, No. 5

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2008

Nature Milestones in Cytoskeleton

Nature Milestones in Cytoskeleton

Nature Milestones in Cytoskeleton focuses on the pivotal breakthroughs in cytoskeleton research over the past 60 years — from the discovery of actomyosin to the identification of molecular motors, and from fluorescence analogue cytochemistry and differential interference contrast microscopy to single-molecule in vitro assays.

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2007

Development and Disease

Focus on Development and Disease

With six specially-commissioned articles, the Focus on Development and Disease highlights how developmental pathways gone awry can cause disease. This focus is published in the September 2007 issue.

September Vol. 9, No. 9


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2006

systems biology

Systems Biology: a User's Guide

Nature Cell Biology and Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology have joined forces to present this collection of reviews and commentaries, designed as highly accessible and practical guides to some of the most important approaches and challenges in systems biology. This user's guide also contains lists of glossary terms, further reading and systems biology research institutions, as well as a library of related articles across the Nature titles.

November Vol. 8, No. 11


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2005

milestones in gene expression

Milestones in Gene Expression

Nature, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Genetics, Nature Reviews Genetics, Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology and Nature Structural & Molecular Biology have collaborated to bring you Milestones in Gene Expression, highlighting the most influential discoveries in the field of transcription and chromatin over the past 50 years.


ubiquitin focus

Focus on the ubiquitin-proteasome system

Six specially commissioned articles highlight emerging aspects of ubiquitin-proteasome biology. This focus is from the August 2005 issue.

August Vol. 7, No. 8


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2004

monoclonal antibodies supplement

Monoclonal antibodies and therapies

Nature Biotechnology, Nature Medicine and Nature Cell Biology present a joint supplement on monoclonal antibodies and therapies. The focus is on basic, technological and clinical aspects of their use, across fields that range from transplantation tolerance to colon cancer.

November Vol. 6, S1


cell biology of disease focus

Focus on cell biology of disease

November Vol. 6, No. 11


milestones in development supplement

Milestones in development

Nature, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Nature Reviews Genetics and Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology have collaborated to bring you Milestones in Development, highlighting the key discoveries in developmental biology over the past 100 years.

July Vol. 6, S1


membrane traffic focus

Focus on membrane traffic

June Vol. 6, No. 6

October Vol. 1, No. 6


NCB is 5 focus

Nature Cell Biology has turned five

We have assembled a collection of striking papers from our pages across the years, representing many of the subject areas covered by the journal.


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2003

imaging in cell biology supplement

Imaging in cell biology

Nature Cell Biology and Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology are pleased to present a joint supplement on imaging in cell biology. The specially commissioned articles focus on key advances in imaging techniques, which allow us to follow cell-biological events ranging from the dynamics of single molecules in living cells to the development of whole organisms.

September Vol. 5, S1


cell polarity focus

Focus on cell polarity

April Vol. 5, No. 4


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2002

fertility supplement

Fertility

Nature Cell Biology and Nature Medicine present this joint supplement on fertility. We have brought together the cellular, biological, medical and ethical aspects of fertility, and the result is a comprehensive perspective of current developments in the field.

October Vol. 4, S1


apoptosis focus

Focus on apoptosis

June Vol. 4, No. 6


signalling focus

Focus on signalling and adhesion

April Vol. 4, No. 4


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2001

milestones in cell division

Milestones in cell division

The 'milestones in cell division' project is a collaborative effort from four journals - Nature, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Reviews Cancer and Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology where we celebrate the past 100 years of research in the field of cell division, with 23 'milestones' describing some of the seminal discoveries and placing them in the context of what was known at the time.

December Vol. 3, S1


development focus

Focus on development

July Vol. 3, No. 7


cell division focus

Focus on cell division

January Vol. 3, No. 1


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2000

cytoskeleton focus

Focus on cytoskeleton

January Vol. 2, No. 1

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