Bio Essays - Historical Overview

Historical Overview

BioEssays was founded in December 1984 by Editor-in-Chief William J. Whelan under the auspices of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, one of the component units of the International Council of Scientific Units (ICSU). The founding editor of BioEssays and John Kendrew, former President at ICSU, believed that the emerging realization that the individual disciplines of fundamental biology could unify biological science rather than fragmenting it required a monthly journal devoted to reviewing and discussing the advances in molecular biology. BioEssays was created to fulfill that necessity. Adam S. Wilkins replaced William J. Whelan as Editor in January 1990. Originally published by ICSU Press (Oxford) and The Company of Biologists, BioEssays began publishing under John Wiley & Sons in January 1998.

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