News from the Hill


An end-of-year wrap-up of policy-related news, from sexual harassment in science to the growing NIH budget.

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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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Martha Vaughan (1926 — 2018)


Colleagues Edward Korn and Joel Moss remember their soft-spoken colleague, who worked for more than 65 years at the National Institutes of Health; she did early research on insulin signaling and spent six decades largely focused on G proteins and metabolic regulation.

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Chapter president inspired by mother’s diagnosis


When she learned that her mother had colon cancer, Amanda Duplan, now a senior at Grand View University in Iowa, decided to get involved in research so she could study the underlying causes of disease.

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Looking ahead, looking back


Meet the 2017 and 2018 winners of the Marion B. Sewer Scholarship for Undergraduates, named for an ASBMB member who promoted diversity and inclusivity within the scientific community.

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Lipid News


Recent medical insights about ceramide-1-phosphate transfer proteins include the role they play in acute pancreatitis, age-related macular degeneration and a genetic disorder that causes intellectual disability and delayed growth.

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JLR: New editors-in-chief


Kerry-Anne Rye and Nicholas O. Davidson plan to broaden the editorial scope of the Journal of Lipid Research to include more clinical research.

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JBC: Linking virus sensing with gene expression


Researchers at Durham University in England describe in the Journal of Biological Chemistry how they have identified a crucial link between gene expression and the process by which plants regulate their antiviral responses.

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JBC: Celiac disease


A Stanford University team writes in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that they have discovered how a disease-associated protein gets inactivated, opening the door to possible new treatments for this autoimmune disordered triggered by gluten.

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JLR: Niemann–Pick disease


Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago describe in the Journal of Lipid Research how they used mass spectrometry imaging to map the lipid accumulation that leads to neurodegeneration and early death in this rare genetic disorder.

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MCP: A royal legacy


In a paper in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, a team at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna describes their study of sugar modification in royal jelly, an important food for honeybee larvae, to determine the effect of its glycosylated proteins on bees and humans.

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From the journals


How early screening can help cure a rare genetic disease in newborns. The connection of genes, brains and immune cells in a risk factor for obesity. The difference between white and brown fat cells. 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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