2015: The science policy year in review


Policy analyst Chris Pickett looks back at a busy year in science policy that included legislative debates that could affect future funding, NIH's unveiling of new grant guidelines and its next big-science project, and ASBMB's continuing efforts to engage with Congress and provide new ways of understanding research funding.

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Member Update


Find out what's going on in the professional lives of ASBMB members.  Send us your updates.

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Oscar Touster (1921 – 2015)


Oscar Touster, an emeritus professor at Vanderbilt University who founded and served as the school's first chairman of the department of molecular biology, has died.

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Glycobiologists unveil expanded symbol nomenclature


The complex structures of glycans are hard to represent on paper. We take a look at a newly-published, extended nomenclature system that simplifies complicated branching sugar structures into easy-to-use symbols. The expanded nomenclature will be introduced this December and made freely available online.

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How dangerous are holiday plants to pets?


No worries if your cat or dog nibbles a poinsettia this holiday season. But a variety of other ornamental holiday plants can be dangerous to pets. We look at some of the bioactive compounds in the plants' foliage, flowers and bulbs that can cause sickness and even death, and offer a helpful image chart with Latin and common names.

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Journal News


Catch up on recent publications in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Journal of Lipid Research.

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Racca wins Tabor Award for transcription research


Ana Racca, a postdoctoral researcher at the National University of Córdoba received the Journal of Biological Chemistry/Herb Tabor Young Investigator Award for her research on two members of the Fos transcription family and their relationship to malignant cell growth in breast tumors.

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