Understanding how arsenic changes chromatin and causes cancer
Research Spotlight

Understanding how arsenic changes chromatin and causes cancer

By Kerri Beth Boggs
Yvonne Fondufe–Mittendorf, who took a winding path from the Republic of Cameroon to the bluegrass of Kentucky, calls herself “an academic tourist.”
Journal News

Early immune response may improve cancer immunotherapies

University of Illinois at Chicago researchers and colleagues report a new mechanism for detecting foreign material during early immune responses.

News and Ideas

Do sperm offer the uterus a secret handshake?
Journal News

Do sperm offer the uterus
a secret handshake?

January 22, 2020

Why does it take 200 million sperm to fertilize a single egg? A female immune response is one reason. A molecular handshake may help sperm survive the bombardment.

Kensal E. van Holde (1928 – 2019)
Retrospective

Kensal E. van Holde (1928 – 2019)

January 22, 2020

One of the world’s premier physical biochemists and a longtime associate editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry is remembered by his friend and colleague Christopher Mathews.

A new hotspot for cyclooxygenase inhibition
Lipid News

A new hotspot
for cyclooxygenase inhibition

January 21, 2020

Drugs like aspirin dampen inflammation by inhibiting certain enzymes but can have nasty gastrointestinal side effects, so enzymologists are investigating the structure of the enzymes’ active sites in hopes of designing more selective inhibitors.

Annual meeting workshops: Part 2
Annual Meeting

Annual meeting workshops: Part 2

January 21, 2020

Topics include lab management, moving from academia to industry, and teaching biology with augmented reality and Lego bricks.

Honoring undergrads who promote diversity
Diversity

Honoring undergrads
who promote diversity

January 20, 2020

Meet the 2019 recipients of the Marion B. Sewer Scholarship, which is open to all American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology undergraduate members. This year’s deadline is June 1.

Dahms honored; Agre joins board; TWAS fellows
Member News

Dahms honored; Agre joins board; TWAS fellows

January 20, 2020

Awards, promotions and more. Find out what's going on in the lives of ASBMB members.

Your blood type may influence your vulnerability to the winter vomiting virus
News

Your blood type may influence
your vulnerability to the winter
vomiting virus

January 19, 2020

Norovirus is very infectious, but not everyone is equally vulnerable. Whether you get sick or not may depend on your blood type.

Calendar of events, awards and opportunities
Announcement

Calendar of events, awards
and opportunities

January 19, 2020

Use this weekly list to get your ducks in a row.

The proteome of the cave bear
Journal News

The proteome of the cave bear

January 18, 2020

If a peptide mass spectrum is like a jigsaw puzzle, then a genome is the picture that researchers use to piece things together. But what do you do when there’s no picture to use as a guide?

Meet Our Contributors

Pingdewinde Sam
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Laurel Oldach
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Weaving social innovation and scientific methods for a bright future
Pingdewinde Sam

Contributor

In our second “Service beyond science” essay, Pingdewinde Sam, a Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins, describes his journey from Burkina Faso to the U.S. and how he founded Teêbo, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the people of his native land. Read More

Ants in the lab

Take a peek inside the labs of Danny Reinberg and Shelley Berger, who use ants to study the role of epigenetics and gene expression in behavior and aging. Read More

JLR: Secrets of fat
and the lymph node
Laurel Oldach

Science Writer

Some 20 years ago, Sander Kersten isolated a protein that acts as a control for how our bodies store or burn fat. Recently, he wrote in the Journal of Lipid Research about why loss of this protein can be fatal to mice. Read More

Oxygen sensing
and adapting to altitude
John Arnst

Science Writer

Gregg Semenza is one of three physician–scientists sharing the 2019 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine for their discoveries related to the protein complex hypoxia-inducible factor and the red blood cell–producing hormone it controls. Read More

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