April 2013

Triple-negative breast cancer: a particularly recalcitrant foe

This month, thousands of researchers from industry, government and academia will gather at the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Boston. Among them will be a number of scientists attending a thematic symposium on breast cancer with an emphasis on survival health disparities and the biology of triple-negative breast cancer, one of the most difficult breast cancers to treat and one that affects black women disproportionately. For this report, ASBMB Today contributor Connor Bamford provides an overview of our understanding of TNBCs.


Circumventing cancer’s ability to cheat death

In the recent Journal of Biological Chemistry paper “Gedunin inactivates the co-chaperone p23 causing cancer cell death by apoptosis,” researchers sought to identify the molecular target of gedunin. Gedunin is a particularly attractive alternative to traditional Hsp90 inhibitors because the compound inhibits the Hsp90 machine without inducing the expression of Hsp27 and expresses very little of Hsp70.


2013 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Honor Society inductees

Logo for the ASBMB Undergraduate Affiliate Network

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Honor Society, Chi Omega Lambda, recognizes exceptional undergraduate juniors and seniors pursuing degrees in the molecular life sciences at colleges and universities that are members of the Undergraduate Affiliate Network. Students are recognized for their scholarly attainment, research accomplishments and outreach activities.


ASBMB members take to Capitol Hill

In mid-March, the public affairs office escorted several ASBMB members to Capitol Hill to promote funding for scientific research. Participants went to a “Policy 101” training session before breaking into small groups for a full day of congressional meetings. This annual event serves to get young researchers involved in science advocacy and to expose them to how the government works.


ASBMB career symposium at Stony Brook

About 200 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars attended a career symposium sponsored by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and hosted by Stony Brook University in March. Organized by graduate students Krithika Venkataraman and Peter Chahales, postdoctoral associate


In other news

This news roundup was compiled by ASBMB Today contributor Teodora Donisan. Send links of interest to asbmbtoday@asbmb.org for possible inclusion in future issues.

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