December 2012

The field of (Nobel) dreams

Every year in the first week of October, when the Nobel Prize winners are announced, the world is much more focused on science than usual. This year, the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology were well represented in the awards.


Congress’ unfinished business

By most measures, the 112th Congress has been one of the least productive in recent history. However, the current lame-duck session gives lawmakers one final chance to make progress on some serious issues facing the biomedical research community. Here are a few of the legislative topics that we’ll be following as the 112th Congress comes to a close.


Member update

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Three ASBMB members get NIH funding for single-cell analysis

Three American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology members won grants from the Single Cell Analysis Program at the National Institutes of Health.


Protecting biomedical inventions through patents

Many biomedical innovations have the potential for commercialization. As there is usually a lag between initial conception of ideas and commercialization of a developed product, it is important to develop a strategy at an early stage for protecting inventions. One way is to obtain a patent.

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