October 2013

“Close to a miracle”

Proteins traverse the width and breadth of cells to carry signals and cargo from one end to another, package and replicate DNA, build scaffolds to give cells their shapes, break down and take up nutrients, and so much more. But how often do we stop to ask: How did these diverse and sophisticated molecular machines come to be?


Q&A with John Exton

John Exton of Vanderbilt University long has been fascinated by a laboratory run by the husband-wife team of Carl and Gerty Cori, both of whom received the Nobel Prize in 1947 for their work on glycogen metabolism. The Cori lab, which was active from the 1930s through the 1960s at Washington University in St. Louis, spawned six more Nobel laureates and a host of famous biochemists. In this interview, Exton talks about writing his book about the Cori lab, "Crucible of Science."


Meet Jeffrey Pessin

Jeffrey Pessin, director of the Diabetes Research Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has joined the ranks of the associate editors at The Journal of Biological Chemistry. Science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay talked with him about his research and new JBC position.

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