News from the Hill


A look at what potential changes to party control in Congress brought on by the November midterms could mean for science funding.

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Member update


Awards, promotions and more. Find out what's going on in the lives of ASBMB members. Send us your updates.

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Retrospective: Minor J. Coon (1921 – 2018)


Peter Guengerich remembers his friend and mentor, a former ASBMB president whose work on the separation and purification of P450s dramatically changed the landscape of drug metabolism, taking it from pharmacology into biochemistry.

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Retrospective: Mahendra Kumar Jain (1938 – 2017)


Hal White remembers his friend and colleague, a professor at the University of Delaware who made significant contributions to understanding interfacial catalysis associated with the kinetics of enzymes acting on substrates diffusing in two-dimensional membranes.

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Her research evolved from chore to passion


As a pre-med student, Grace Ferri, former president of the ASBMB Student Chapter at Boston University, was urged by her advisors to do research — and fell in love with crystallography.

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Lipid News: Unexpected roles of lipid kinases


Recent research on diacylglycerol kinase-zeta shows that the protein changes transcriptional activity from both within and outside the nucleus.

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JBC: Herb Tabor’s 100 years


The Maryland county that is home to the National Institutes of Health has declared a day to honor Tabor, who served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biological Chemistry for almost 40 years. JBC also has some big celebration plans.

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JBC: Iron–sulfur cluster research offers new avenues


Disruptions in the construction of these clusters can lead to buildup of fat droplets in certain cells, providing clues about the causes of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and clear-cell renal carcinoma.

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JBC: What happens to plasmalogens


Alzheimer’s patients lose up to 60 percent of plasmalogens from the membranes of brain cells. These molecules are difficult to work with, but painstaking research has revealed the protein that catalyzes their breakdown.

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JLR: Which oil is best for your health?


A network meta-analysis extracts insights from multiple studies on how dietary fats affect blood lipids. Not surprisingly, oils from seeds are the best choices for good health.

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MCP: Sperm-quality study updates advice for couples


Recent research indicates that the longer sperm exist, the more vulnerable they are to DNA damage by reactive oxygen, which could harm their ability to form a viable embryo.

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From the journals


Using mass spectrometry to learn how a flexible fish evolved. Finding the anti-addictive enzyme in an African shrub. Tracing how cholesterol contributes to macular degeneration. Read about this research and more in our roundup of recent papers from the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Journal of Lipid Research and Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.

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Books by ASBMB members


News | Books by ASBMB members

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