News from the Hill


Even in these deeply partisan times, grassroots advocacy is effective. As a subject matter expert, you can educate your legislator about the value of science.

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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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Chapter president’s hard work pays off


After the ASBMB Student Chapter at the University of Texas at Dallas won a grant to host a regional conference, Anna Fiedler and her fellow chapter members faced the challenge of planning the event.

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How bacteria build hyperefficent photosynthesis machines


In the Journal of Biological Chemistry, a Canadian research team reports on how cyanobacteria finesse one of the most wasteful steps in photosynthesis by boosting the efficiency of a critical enzyme called Rubisco.

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A promiscuous inhibitor uncovers cancer drug targets


To pinpoint which kinase targets are most therapeutically relevant in cancer cells, researchers in Boston write in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that they used a new method exploiting the multitargeted nature of a chemical inhibitor.

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A fatty liver drug? Not so fast


The researcher who discovered sphingosine-1-phosphate publishes a study in the Journal of Lipid Research highlighting the complexities of signaling by this enigmatic lipid — and shows that targeting it may not fix fatty livers as easily as researchers had hoped.

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Huntingtin through a multiomic lens


A study published in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics shows that the mutant protein that causes Huntington’s disease can alter the binding properties of another protein, perhaps accounting for some of the mutation’s far-flung cellular effects.

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From the journals


Curbing the neurotoxic effects of beta-amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s disease. Using proteomics to find targets to treat leishmaniasis, a sometimes-deadly parasitic disease. Turning white fat cells brite to treat obesity. 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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Breathe deep — for August, it’s oxygen


This month, we focus on oxygen, a highly reactive nonmetal and the third most abundant chemical element in the known universe.

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