TitleThrough the looking glass: attempting to predict future opportunities and challenges in experimental biology.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsGilmour KM, Daley MA, Egginton S, Kelber A, McHenry MJ, Patek SN, Sane SP, Schulte PM, Terblanche JS, Wright PA, Franklin CE
JournalJ Exp Biol
Date Published2023 Dec 15
KeywordsAnimals, Environment, Genomics

To celebrate its centenary year, Journal of Experimental Biology (JEB) commissioned a collection of articles examining the past, present and future of experimental biology. This Commentary closes the collection by considering the important research opportunities and challenges that await us in the future. We expect that researchers will harness the power of technological advances, such as '-omics' and gene editing, to probe resistance and resilience to environmental change as well as other organismal responses. The capacity to handle large data sets will allow high-resolution data to be collected for individual animals and to understand population, species and community responses. The availability of large data sets will also place greater emphasis on approaches such as modeling and simulations. Finally, the increasing sophistication of biologgers will allow more comprehensive data to be collected for individual animals in the wild. Collectively, these approaches will provide an unprecedented understanding of 'how animals work' as well as keys to safeguarding animals at a time when anthropogenic activities are degrading the natural environment.

Alternate JournalJ Exp Biol
PubMed ID38059428