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April 2016

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FEATURE
Devoted to DNA

STEAM
Clothed in bacteria

EDUCATION
Four reasons we don’t need 37 names for postdocs

Announcements


ASBMB News

ASBMB members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has announced the addition of 213 new national and international members. Seven of the elected fellows are ASBMB members.

ASBMB Today April 2016

In our April issue, chief science correspondent Rajendrani Mukhopadyhay interviews popular speaker Fyodor Urnov, a researcher at Sangamo BioSciences who is an expert in zinc finger nucleases and helped coin the phrase “genome editing.” We speak with a bioartist who is creating new concepts of clothing inspired by the actions of bacteria that coat human skin, cover important new developments in education and outreach, and publish a song parody involving quorum sensing, Princeton’s Bonnie Bassler, and Madonna that’s guaranteed to make you grin.


Journal News

JBC Thematic Minireview Series - Biofilms

April 21, 2016 — The biofilms that many bacteria and fungi produce enable them to form communities, adhere tightly to surfaces, evade host immunity, and resist antibiotics. Pathogenic micro-organisms that form biofilms are very difficult to eradicate and thus are a frequent source of life threatening, hospital acquired infections. This series of five minireviews from the Journal of Biological Chemistry provides a broad overview of our current understanding of biofilms and the challenges that remain.

Read all of the articles in this series here

JBC Thematic Minireview Series - Cell Signaling in Simple Organisms

April 8, 2016 — All cells discriminate environmental signals and generate appropriate intracellular responses. Our understanding of these signal transduction mechanisms has benefitted from studies across the kingdoms of life, from fungi and fish to mice and men. This thematic mini-review series examines lessons learned from three of the simplest (and best understood) eukaryotic model organisms.

Read all of the articles in this series here


Member News

In memoriam: Nobel laureate Alfred G. Gilman, 1941 – 2015

Alfred G. Gilman, who shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for the discovery of G proteins, passed away in December at the age of 74. 

Leahy leaves Hopkins to lead UT–Austin department

Dan Leahy, formerly of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, took the helm of the department of molecular biosciences at the University of Texas at Austin in January.  

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