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MCBIOS is a regional bioinformatics society founded in 2002. Its mission is to foster networking and collaboration, and promote the professional development of its members with a strong orientation toward supporting our students. We seek to: 1) Advance the understanding of bioinformatics and computational biology; 2) Bring together scientists of various backgrounds and disciplines; 3) Facilitate the collaboration of researchers with similar or complementary backgrounds to solve biological, health, and/or medical problems; 4) Promote education in bioinformatics and computational biology; 5) Inform the general public on the results and implications of current research in bioinformatics and computational biology; and 6) Promote other activities that will contribute to the development of bioinformatics and computational biology. While centered in a region encompassing Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, western Tennessee, and eastern Texas, attendees at our annual conferences come from close to half the states in the US. These conferences are held early in the Spring semester and feature well-known keynote speakers. For more information, please visit www.MCBIOS.org and a related article on “Regional Societies: Fostering Competitive Research Through Virtual Infrastructures” at http://www.plosbiology.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pbio.0020372.