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This Supplement includes a selection of papers presented at the 7th International Symposium on Bioinformatics Research and Application (ISBRA), which was held on May 27-29, 2011 at Central South University in Changsha, China. The technical program of the symposium included 36 extended abstracts presented orally and published in volume 6674 of Springer Verlag’s Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics series. Additionally, the program included 38 short abstracts presented either orally or as posters. Authors of both extended and short abstracts presented at the symposium were invited to submit full versions of their work to this Supplement. Following a rigorous review process, 19 of the 40 full papers submitted were selected for publication.

Selected papers cover a broad range of bioinformatics topics, ranging from algorithms for structural biology to phylogenetics and biological networks.


This article was originally published in BMC Bioinformatics.

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