DNA and COVID-19: What’s the connection?
Observance

DNA and COVID-19: What’s the connection?

By Nivedita Uday Hegdekar
Studies have linked virus susceptibility and severity to genes inherited from Neanderthals and to blood type — but not all researchers agree on the results.
Jobs

Moving from medical liaison to medical lead

Our industry careers columnist talked to Jason Howard, who works in the medical affairs department of Sanofi Genzyme, a company that develops therapies for patients with rare diseases.
Moving from medical liaison to medical lead

News and Ideas

A celebration of our other genome: Mitochondrial DNA
Observance

A celebration of our other genome: Mitochondrial DNA

April 22, 2021

The genes in human mtDNA encode some essential components of the electron transport chain, as well as a set of tRNAs and ribosomal RNAs necessary for protein synthesis.

Eternal memories and an overdue tribute — storing digital data in DNA
Art

Eternal memories and an overdue tribute — storing digital data in DNA

April 21, 2021

Researchers crowdsourced 10,000 images, stored them on synthetic DNA and then used them to create a portrait of Rosalind Franklin, an often overlooked star of DNA discovery.

Genetic research in the midst of a pandemic
Observance

Genetic research in the midst of a pandemic

April 20, 2021

A study in the United Kingdom has identified four novel genetic variants associated with critical illness in patients with COVID-19.

Hanawalt, Nagata and Regev named AACR fellows
Member News

Hanawalt, Nagata and Regev named AACR fellows

April 19, 2021

The American Association for Cancer Research Academy recognizes scientists whose contributions have led to progress against cancer.

In memoriam: Robert Baldwin
In Memoriam

In memoriam: Robert Baldwin

April 19, 2021

“His research sped a shift in many biologists’ attention from organismic biology, the study of creatures great and small, to molecular biology"

Scientists unmask a virus that mimicked human RNA and hit on a potential vaccine
News

Scientists unmask a virus that mimicked human RNA and hit on a potential vaccine

April 18, 2021

Human metapneumovirus is a molecular mimic, sneaking past immune systems to cause cold symptoms

Calendar of events, awards and opportunities
Announcement

Calendar of events, awards and opportunities

April 18, 2021

Happening this week: Free webinars on building relationships, telling your science story and biological aging.

Synthesis of potent antibiotic follows unusual chemical pathway
News

Synthesis of potent antibiotic follows unusual chemical pathway

April 17, 2021

Images of a protein involved in creating a potent antibiotic reveal the unusual first steps of the antibiotic's synthesis.

Hidden talents
Editor's Note

Hidden talents

April 16, 2021

Witty drawings by ASBMB staff member Vic De Luz are a bonus feature of our April focus on science and art.

Meet Our Contributors

Rajini  Rao
Rajini Rao
Bill Sullivan
Bill Sullivan
Beronda L. Montgomery
Beronda L. Montgomery
Peter Kennelly
Peter Kennelly
Use the mic!
Rajini Rao

Professor

Rajini Rao writes that up to 20% of the population has some hearing loss, so when you don’t use the microphone at a meeting, you are projecting your ableism, not your voice. Read More

Grant-writing tips for beginners
Bill Sullivan

Showalter Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Bill Sullivan, a study section veteran, shares eight important lessons he’s learned for writing a winning grant application. Read More

To support or to deny: mentoring or gatekeeping?
Beronda L. Montgomery

MSU Foundation Professor

Beronda Montgomery posted on Twitter: “What’s a thing that you were ‘mentored’ not to do, but you pursued it & it’s worked out well?” She shares what she learned from the responses. Read More

What would Julia Child do?
Peter Kennelly

Professor

Pete Kennelly proposes that online labs should be designed with an eye to enhancing student participation and maintaining causal connections. Read More

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