Call for Papers
Rationale for the Main Focus Sessions
Advent of Wide Area Networks (WAN) allowed the availability of distributed information (Network Information Retrieval tools, NIR) and the development of unprecedented communications between users (Computer Mediated Communication tools, CMC).
Initially, CMC was asynchronous and based on electronic mail and newsgroups. From email, mailing lists and newsletter were soon derived, while newsgroups generated, shortly after, electronic fora.
Synchronous communication were introduced through the set up of chat services. On this line, current multimedia teleconference systems were then set up.
Virtual reality was first introduced by MUD (Multi-users Domain) systems, and especially by MOO (MUD Object-oriented). This line produced current virtual reality environment, like the emerging Second Life system.
Rationale for the session on RNA analysis tools
The transcription of almost all genomes generates a great number of coding and non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs). Although RNA is central to the synthesis of proteins, it is not only a messenger of genetic information: many cellular functions depend on ncRNAs, which exert their functions by their sequence and structure. In particular, small silencing RNAs (miRNAs, siRNAs and piRNAs) play a crucial role in many physiological processes and their aberrant expression is a common feature of human diseases including cancer. Models and tools able to increase our understanding of RNAs functions and their involvement in diseases may lead to the design of new RNA-based therapeutics.