This issue contains contributions of leading researchers in the field of DNA repair mechanisms from different countries, for example Eugenia Dogliotti (Department of Environment and Primary Prevention, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy) and Kaoru Sugasawa (Biosignal Research Center, Organization of Advanced Science and Technology, Kobe University, Japan). Other authors of works presented in this issue are graduates of the Novosibirsk State University who are successfully working in other countries: Grigory Dianov (Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology and Biology, University of Oxford, Great Britain), Alexander Mazin (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Drexel University College of Medicine, USA), and also scientists from St. Petersburg working now in USA – Yury Pavlov and Pauline Shcherbakova (Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases, University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA). Many other papers are presented by leading researchers working in institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Note that studies on processes of DNA repair and practical aspects associated with creation of inhibitors and activators of these systems are now successfully studied in Russia. Thus, this is one of the leading directions of investigations in the Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The papers and reviews presented in this issue of the journal will allow the reader to look through the latest findings in the field and the most urgent problems in studies on DNA repair and replication.
Editor of Special Issue, Doctor of Chemistry,
Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
O. I. Lavrik