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

By Ankita Arora
Human metapneumovirus is a molecular mimic, sneaking past immune systems to cause cold symptoms
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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.

Picture this: The 2nd annual JBC Methods Madness tournament
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Picture this: The 2nd annual JBC Methods Madness tournament

April 15, 2021

In this version, instead of basketball teams we bring you competing scientific methods and a chance to sway the outcome with votes (and maybe some trash talk) on Twitter.

A tiny ‘kiss’ with mega consequences
Health Observance

A tiny ‘kiss’ with mega consequences

April 14, 2021

To mark the second iteration of this health observance, let’s learn a bit about the disease and the strides researchers are making.

Two years of the DOJ’s China Initiative
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Two years of the DOJ’s China Initiative

April 14, 2021

Despite the agency’s intense scrutiny of scientists at academic institutions, few have been convicted, and none has been accused of economic espionage.

Seeing is believing
Art

Seeing is believing

April 13, 2021

Three science illustrators discuss how they have merged their academic training in research with a lifelong interest in the visual arts.

A $1 million pledge, a faculty position and a Passano award
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A $1 million pledge, a faculty position and a Passano award

April 12, 2021

Hazelbauer pledges $1 million to high school; McReynolds to join faculty at Penn State; Goldberg receives Passano award for medical science.

ASBMB welcomes new members
Member News

ASBMB welcomes new members

April 12, 2021

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology welcomed more than 360 new members in December.

A decoy may be the key to developing a vaccine against a deadly bioweapon
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A decoy may be the key to developing a vaccine against a deadly bioweapon

April 11, 2021

New research shows how Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus attaches to cells, paving the way for a vaccine

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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

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

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

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

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