Serendipity and ‘impact’

To look at the balance between serendipity and problem selection, Jeremy Berg examined all of the winners of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine and chemistry over the past 25 years and scored each winner’s contribution as either largely serendipitous, largely driven by solving a problem of known, fundamental importance or a hybrid of the two.

Proposed American Cures Act is not a long-term solution to research-funding woes

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., recently sponsored a bill that would change how the federal government funds biomedical research. Benjamin Corb, director of public affairs at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, argues that the bill is nothing more than “Band-Aid on a wound that needs to be stitched.”

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Journal News

Contributor Mariana Figuera-Losada covers a recent Journal of Biological Chemistry paper about how kinases control the cytoskeleton response to cellular stress. Mary L. Chang, publications manager for the Journal of Lipid Research, writes about a new sequencing method for detecting genes responsible for dyslipidemia. And contributor Shirley H. Tan writes about a Molecular & Cellular Proteomics paper that explores the protein modifications caused by environmental factors.

Richard Hanson, 1935 – 2014

In this Retrospective, colleagues pay tribute to Richard Hanson of Case Western Reserve University. Hanson served as president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as an associate editor for The Journal of Biological Chemistry and as an editorial advisory board for ASBMB Today. His positive disposition and seemingly unending concern for others will be missed.

Remembering Richard Hanson

A collection of photos of Richard Hanson over the years.

Lipid News

Hugo J.F. Maccioni covers recent developments influencing what we know about the organization of glycolipid biosynthetic enzymes in the Golgi complex, and Patricia Bassereau offers a physicist’s view of the role of lipids in membrane curvature and fission.

Public-private initiative aims to speed drug development for three illnesses

The Accelerating Medicines Partnership includes 10 of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, the National Institutes of Health and several nonprofits. The goal: to develop new treatments earlier for Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes and autoimmune disorders.

2014 Annual Meeting

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting is only a few weeks away, so staffers have collected some advice for new and returning attendees. Find out how to connect with ASBMB on social media, make your packing list and find out about San Diego attractions.

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