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Günter von Kiedrowski1*, Sijbren Otto2 and Piet Herdewijn3

Author Affiliations

1 Chair of Bioorganic Chemistry, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany

2 Centre for Systems Chemistry, Stratingh Institute, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

3 Rega Institute, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

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Journal of Systems Chemistry 2010, 1:1  doi:10.1186/1759-2208-1-1

Published: 18 August 2010


It is our utmost pleasure to launch the Journal of Systems Chemistry. What systems chemistry exactly is will be known in a few years from now when one is able to sketch the scope and vision of the field also based on upcoming contributions to our journal. How systems chemistry came up is more easy to tell. In this editorial we therefore focus predominantly on how the term "Systems Chemistry" came into being and how its scope evolved over recent years. It is perhaps not surprising that the term emerged within the communities researching the origin and synthesis of life, as this is probably the most challenging question in Systems Chemistry. The field however encompasses much more than just this subject - it offers a plethora of new opportunities for the discovery of life-like dynamic signatures in all areas in chemistry.