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At some point, perhaps in the near future, the publication of another insect genome may not warrant special notice, and this, no doubt, will be a reflection of how advanced our technical capabilities as molecular biologists have become. Presently, at least for Insect Molecular Biology, a new insect genome remains an exciting and significant event in which we are pleased to play a small role. This special issue is devoted to research on the newly completed genome sequence of the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum. This issue of Insect Molecular Biology is evidence of the Royal Entomological Society's and the journal editors' commitment to fostering insect science.

Although current information technologies allow for the rapid aggregation of related research reports originating from disparate sources, we think the physical aggregation of research manuscripts, as has been done in this and other special issues published by Insect Molecular Biology, has a number of benefits. The aggregation of topically related manuscripts enhances the impact of the research and promotes the development and maintenance of research communities. We think that these are increasingly important roles for Insect Molecular Biology and are open to considering other opportunities to serve the community of insect scientists. We encourage enquiries from those considering the publication of insect genomes or other community-based projects. Insect Molecular Biology's experience with assembling special issues will be very valuable in guaranteeing a successful publication effort.