Biomaterials are often soft materials. There is now growing interest in designing, synthesizing and characterising soft materials that mimic the properties of biological materials such as tissue, proteins, DNA or cells. Research on biomimetic soft matter is therefore a developing theme with important emerging applications in biomedicine including tissue engineering, diagnostics, gene therapy, drug delivery and many others. There are also important basic\ud science questions concerning the use of concepts from colloid and polymer science to understand the self-assembly\ud of biomimetic soft materials. This issue of Soft Matter presents a selection of extremely topical articles on a diversity of biomimetic soft matter systems. I thank\ud the contributors for this quite remarkable collection of papers, which report many fascinating discoveries and insights
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