News from the Hill


Want to be an advocate for science but you’re pressed for time? Using ski slope terminology, the ASBMB’s public affairs team explains how you can tailor your advocacy to your abilities.

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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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Thomas A. Steitz (1940—2018)


Martin Schmeing and other former trainees remember the 2009 Nobel laureate, a giant in the field of structural biology who left a legacy of fundamental discoveries.

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Gordon Shore (1945—2018)


John Bergeron and Richard Rachubinski remember their colleague's seminal contributions to our understanding of the transcriptional regulation of mitochondrial metabolic enzymes and molecular mechanisms that drive protein import and insertion into mitochondrial membranes in mammalian cells.

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A year of elements


We celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev’s periodic table) by highlighting an element each month in 2019.

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ASBMB elects six to council, offices


Members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology have elected some new and some familiar faces to leadership positions in the society.

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Herb Tabor turns 100


To celebrate the centennial birthday on Nov. 28 of the Journal of Biological Chemistry’s former longtime editor-in-chief, friends from all over shared their photos, memories and well wishes.

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Student Chapter president sees value in campus groups


Investigative and medical sciences major Victoria Mak balances a full load of classes and a boatload of extracurricular activities at St. Louis University.

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JBC: The discovery of GABA in the brain


In 1950, when Eugene Roberts and Sam Frankel identified gamma-aminobutyric acid as a major amine in the brain in a paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the scientific community’s initial response was rather muted.

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JBC: A molecular dance of phospholipid synthesis


Research published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry used computer simulations to gain insights into how an enzyme activates and shuts off the production of phosphatidylcholine, commonly known as lecithin.

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MCP: Researchers closer to gonorrhea vaccine


In a huge study of disease-resistant gonorrhea strains published in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, researchers have pushed closer toward understanding why the bacteria that cause the disease are so good at fending off antimicrobial drugs.

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JLR: A close-up of nascent HDL formation


Increasing reverse cholesterol transport may be a way to reduce heart disease, and a paper in the Journal of Lipid Research gets a step closer with an advance in our understanding of how a carrier of lipids, including cholesterol, is formed.

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From the journals


What’s the link between chronic diabetes and cognitive decline? How does the body protect the liver during periods of fasting? Why do some pain drugs work in rodents but not in people? These and other questions are addressed in our roundup of papers published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Journal of Lipid Research, and Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.

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