News from the Hill


Advocacy is about more than money. Even bills that don’t become law help identify which members of Congress support the scientific enterprise.

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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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New ASBMB members


The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology welcomes new members.

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2019 honor society inductees


The ASBMB Honor Society (Chi Omega Lambda) recognizes exceptional undergraduate juniors and seniors from our Student Chapters.

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Chapter president


As founder of the ASBMB Student Chapter at the College of New Jersey, Kelly McAleer turns her longstanding passion for science and science advocacy into action.

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Lipid news


Phosphatidic acid, the smallest building block in phospholipid biosynthesis, is both versatile and challenging because it can be produced and metabolized by a large set of enzymes.

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JBC: T cell receptors


Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have engineered T cell receptors that float freely in the body like antibodies, then bind tightly to cells infected with cytomegalovirus, they write in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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JBC: Protein tangles


Researchers at The Ohio State University write in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that the tau protein filaments that become neurofibrillary tangles in Alzheimer’s patients’ brains can join end-to-end to create one filament hundreds of nanometers in length.

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JLR: Cascading errors


In a paper in the Journal of Lipid Research, a team led by Konrad Sandhoff offers a clue as to why certain complex lipids, called gangliosides, accumulate even in lysosomal storage diseases that don’t affect ganglioside metabolism directly.

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MCP: Proteomics & weight


Swiss researchers analyzing patient plasma from an obesity study saw a dramatic, lasting drop in inflammatory signaling linked to atherosclerosis and an increase in lipid metabolism soon after weight loss, they report in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.

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From the journals


Tackling an incurable blood cancer. Sharpening an arthritis drug’s aim. Preventing atherosclerosis. Read about this work and more in our latest roundup of papers from the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular & Cellular Proteomics and the Journal of Lipid Research.

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For June and July, it’s atomic Nos. 6 and 7


This month, we focus on carbon, with atomic No. 6, and nitrogen, with atomic No. 7, two abundant reactive nonmetals that share electrons with other atoms by forming several covalent bonds.

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Pageant queen


Camille Schrier, a doctoral candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University’s school of pharmacy, won the 2019 Miss Virginia competition after doing a chemistry experiment on stage in the talent portion of the competition.
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