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The Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering (JBB) is an international journal devoted to the rapid publication of papers describing original research in the field of biotechnology. JBB encourages and publishes new concepts in technology/methodology that significantly advance the understanding of bioscience and bioengineering and contribute to the development of chemical, pharmaceutical, medical, food, and agricultural industries. The Editorial Committee makes its best efforts to provide expeditious, rigorous and fair peer-review, ensuring the high quality of articles published in JBB.

JBB is published monthly (2 vols. in 12 issues) by the Society for Biotechnology, Japan and distributed outside Japan by Elsevier. Online version is available in ScienceDirect. The journal was first published in 1923, originally being named Jyozogaku Zasshi (in Japanese) and then renamed Hakkokogaku Zasshi (in Japanese) (1944), Journal of Fermentation Technology (1973), and Journal of Fermentation and Bioengineering (1989). It was given the current name in 1999. JBB has established itself as one of the most influential biotechnology journals and is now highly appreciated by scientists throughout the world.

JBB is abstracted/indexed in BIOSIS, Chemical Abstracts, Current Contents, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Elsevier BIOBASE/Current Awareness in Biological Sciences, ISI Biotechnology Citation Index, and MEDLINE/PubMed.

Print ISSN 1389-1723
Online ISSN 1347-4421
Impact Factor: 2.032 (2018)

Vol. 128 Cover Illustration

Fabrication of in vitro functional tissues which can accurately model disease condition is required for efficient drug development. Although there are a lot of skeletal muscle related diseases, very few drugs for them have been developed so far. Kazunori Shimizu and Hiroyuki Honda have developed 96 well formatted microdevices for fabricating tissue-engineered human contractile skeletal muscle and applied them to model disease condition such as skeletal muscle atrophy. A ribbon-shaped skeletal muscle tissue with a lot of myotubes is formed between two micro-posts. When the tissue generates a contractile force by electric stimulus, the tip of the post (white circle) moves and the contractile force can be quantified by its displacement.

This image was taken by Nao Yamaoka and Saki Ohsumi at Honda's laboratory in Nagoya University (
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