Standardization of nomenclature in cell biology and biological sciences

The fields of cell biology and biological sciences is awashed with difficult to remember names and abbreviations that do not identify the function of the proteins or their subunits. For example, the FEAR network in the field of cell biology. Thus, I was wondering if some form of standardization could be instituted by the leading academic societies in cell biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology.


Currently, discoverers of a protein or its signalling pathway would name the components and subunits according to their preference; thereby, resulting in an academic literature with confusing names, prefix, suffix, abbreviations and other nomenclatures, which makes learning the field by novices particularly challenging, as well as creating confusion in the literature and academic discussion.


While the situation could not be ameliorated in the case of newly discovered proteins and signalling pathways, possibility does exist for the standardization of the nomenclature and abbreviation of protein components, cell differentiation pathways, metabolic pathways, signalling cascades, and protein network in established areas of the field through the collaborative effort of scientists and experts in leading academic societies pertinent to the signalling and cell differentiation pathways involved. Perhaps the biological sciences community could take a leaf out of the astronomy community, which standardizes the names of newly discovered stars and galaxies through the International Astronomical Union.


Category: biochemistry, molecular biology, developmental biology, cell biology,

Tags: nomenclature, abbreviations, standardization, signalling, cell differentiation, protein subunits, metabolic pathways,




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