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Obituary: Marion Sewer (1972 – 2016)

footer: Marion SewerMarion Sewer, a national and international leader in the field of steroid hormone biosynthesis, passed away on Jan. 28, 2016, at the age of 43. Sewer was deputy chair of the ASBMB's minority affairs committee and co-organizer of a symposium at the forthcoming 2016 ASBMB Annual Meeting.

ASBMB Today January 2016

On our cover, chief science correspondent Raj Mukhopadyhay looks at fresh developments in the loosely defined field of quantum biology, including attempts to design relevant experiments and develop models that can demonstrate quantum effects in biological processes. She hears from researchers who have observed quantum effects – in enzyme catalysis, photosynthesis, and the sensing of magnetic fields by migratory birds – but remain careful about embracing quantum biology as a fully-fledged niche.

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JBC Thematic Minireview Series: Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Plasticity

October 15, 2015 — High fidelity synaptic communication between subsets of neurons in specific circuits is required for most human behaviors, and is often disrupted in neuropsychiatric disorders. This series of mini-reviews focuses on recent advances in our understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control "synaptic plasticity" leading to changes in overall neuronal circuit activity, resulting in behavioral modifications.

Read all of the articles in this series here

JBC Thematic Minireview Series: Protein Interactions, Structures, and Networks

September 10, 2015 —  Protein interactions are fundamental to the proper functioning of cells, and aberrant formation or regulation of protein interactions is at the heart of many diseases, including cancer. The advancement of methods to study the identity, function, and regulation of protein complexes makes possible the understanding of how those complexes malfunction in human diseases. This series of minireviews highlights methodological advances and how they have been applied in novel ways to explore the function and regulation of pathways and dynamic networks in cells.

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Walter gets Vilcek PrizePeter Walter is the 2015 recipient of the Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science. The yearly $100,000 prize honors immigrant contributions to major American achievements.
Luger wins funding for genome instituteKarolin Luger and an interdisciplinary team of investigators have been awarded a grant from Colorado State University to support the Institute for Genome Architecture and Function.
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