Combating parasitic diseases


ASBMB member Satoshi Ōmura will receive part of the Nobel prize in medicine for his work on ivermectin, which is used to treat river blindness and elephantitis. Alexandra Taylor digs into the soil-sample origins of ivermectin, how it works to paralyze parasitic worms, and the public-private partnership that brought about a radical lowering of incidence of both diseases.

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Guardians of the genome


Three ASBMB members will receive the 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry for contributions to the understanding of DNA repair. Alexandra Taylor spoke with winners Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich, and Aziz Sancar about the science behind base excision, mismatch, and nucleotide excision repair, and about how the wins could bolster the field and underline the importance of basic research. 

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Gift guide


We set out to relieve some of the pressure of the season with this year's guide to the best and brightest science-themed gifts. It's substantial, just like you!

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