President's Message: Diversity rules


ASBMB's president speaks to the link between diversity and competitiveness.  He calls for creating cohorts that are diverse in age, ethnicity, and gender to better push past hard problems that can appear immovable to a homogenous team, and to help scientific enterprises grow and last.


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News from the Hill: Not your standard advocacy


ASBMB policy analyst Chris Pickett on untraditional forms of advocacy, including a recent Hack Day, or hack-a-thon, which was sponsored by the ASBMB and helped the postdoc advocacy group Future of Research create new tools to strengthen their arguments when communicating with policymakers at major scientific institutions.

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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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Van der Kant wins Tabor Award


Rik Van der Kant, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego, received the Journal of Biological Chemistry/Herbert Tabor Young Investigator award for his work on the biochemistry of early pathological changes in the neurons of Alzheimer's patients.

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William Firshein (1930 - 2015)


William Firshein, bacterial DNA researcher and professor emeritus of biology at Wesleyan University, has died. 

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JBC: Fenugreek may ease effects of diabetes therapy


Glucagon-like peptide 1 analogs have proven helpful in the management of diabetes but when these analogs globally activate their target receptor GLP - 1R, they can trigger unpleasant side effects. In their search for a molecule that would set off GLP- 1R's signaling pathway without directly interacting with it, researchers at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan, found that the common plant fenugreek did the trick.

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JLR: PGC1a alters muscle cells during exercise


A transcription cofactor known as PGC1α  is upregulated in response to exercise and that exercise alters muscle phospholipid composition. When Nanami Senoo and others at the University of Shizuoka in Japan investigated whether the exercise-induced changes in phospholipid composition of muscle are dependent upon PGC1α, they found that exercise induces a change in muscle phospholipids via increased PGC1α activity and more broadly demonstrated that exercise itself causes fast-twitch muscles to adopt some characteristics of the more endurance-oriented slow-twitch muscles.

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