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May 2016

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Lively Lysosomes

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ASBMB members elected to the National Academy of Sciences

In early May, the National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates. The academy class of 2016 includes eight ASBMB members.

ASBMB Today May 2016

In our May issue, chief science correspondent Rajendrani Mukhopadyhay tells the evolving story of lysosomes. Once thought to serve as trash cans for the cell, Mukhopadhyay says lysosomes are having a “Cinderella moment” as researchers uncover their myriad contributions to the cell’s well-being. We also have a profile of the artist Kindra Crick, whose science-infused projects owe some debt to her grandfather Francis (yes, that Francis Crick), and we’re sharing sound advice about connecting with urban K – 12 communities from the outreach folks at The Rockefeller University.

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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.

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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.

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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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