Bioblast was launched on 2010-07-12 as a glossary and index for high-resolution respirometry (OROBOROS INSTRUMENTS: OroboPedia ) and Mitochondrial Physiology (MitoPedia ), to find topics quickly, as a dynamic tool for summarizing definitions of terms, symbols, and abbreviations. It´s potential benefits as an innovative, self-developing database make the Bioblast Wiki much more than a service by OROBOROS.
What is a wiki? A wiki (from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning “fast”)  is a technology for creating dynamic and collaborative websites. Quoting Ward Cunningham, the developer of the first wiki software WikiWikiWeb, it is “the simplest online database that could possibly work” . Any user of the Bioblast Wiki will recognize the navigation tools of the software MediaWiki - that make the Wikipedia so popular and easy to use.
What is the aim? Bioblast provides a platform for Gentle Science  in the spirit of Scientific Social Responsibility. Catalytically working as an Information synthase, MitoPedia supports the decentralized evolution of a glossary of scientific terms, for developing a consistent nomenclature in the growing field of mitochondrial physiology. The corresponding category Publications provides a portal for sharing, disseminating and commenting relevant literature in mitochondrial physiology, with context-related 'filters' for references. Bioblast allows the “evolution” of a scientific publication – providing space for open discussions and extensions of an otherwise static ‘paper’. This applies specifically to Methods and Materials, Discussion, and References sections, which may be limited by space in original publications. For example, MiPNet-Protocols are found now more quickly in the OroboPedia (Manuals and Protocols) and users are encouraged to contribute and share their expertise.
Contributions are invited by students and experts in the field. If successful and with support by active organizations, Bioblast Wiki may extend to cover mitochondrial health and disease, in nutrition and sports, for patients and practitioners, diagnosis and therapy - for all who care about Life and a life style in cooperation with the bioblasts.
How to register? A gradually increasing community of ‘active users’ implies a growth of the Bioblast Wiki following the concept of Tempo giusto (the appropriate speed). When filling in the registration form (signup), please provide your real name, as you would do in a scientific publication. Anonymous or pseudonymous contributions to Bioblast do not follow the scientific attitude of publication, and may be removed from the Bioblast Wiki. Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help for registration or editing.
How does it work? We invite scientists, students and technicians in the field of mitochondrial physiology and pathology to join as ‘active users’ in the spirit of Gentle Science, to ensure that the Bioblast Wiki will develop into a database of top-quality scientific information. This can be achieved only by an expert-moderated wiki – with input and feedback of a large benevolent user community of experts in mitochondrial physiology.
All of you can shape the Bioblast Wiki by bringing together scientists working in divergent disciplines, to discuss, to resolve differences, to spread new knowledge and techniques; thus meeting the demand to integrate current developments in the methodologically and conceptually complex field of mitochondrial physiology 
To help us maintaining a high scientific standard in the Bioblast wiki, we invite scientists and students to join our Bioblast editorial board.
Notes and references
- ↑ The term OroboPedia is a portmanteau from Ouroboros “the tail-eater” – an archetypical symbol of a dragon forming a circle, where “creation and the created become one in an inseparable process”. http://www.mipart.at/index.php?oroboros-archetypical-symbol 2010-09-09
- ↑ The term MitoPedia is a portmanteau from Mitochondria and encyclopedia
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki 2010-09-09
- ↑ Cunningham, Ward, What is a Wiki, WikiWikiWeb, http://www.wiki.org/wiki.cgi?WhatIsWiki 2010-09-09
- ↑ http://wiki.oroboros.at/index.php/Gentle_Science 2010-09-16
- ↑ Gnaiger E, ed (2005) Mitochondrial Physiology. The Many Faces and Functions of an Organelle. MiP2005 Abstracts. Mitochondr. Physiol. Network 10.09: 1-152