Top 10 stories in 2023

Read the original reporting, advice and essays that got the most attention on the website this year.
Angela Hopp
Dec. 29, 2023

It's that time of the year again! Every digital news outlet (including this one!) takes the opportunity as the calendar wraps up to unearth the most-read stories of the year and put them front and center once again.

In our case, it's not hard to see what members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology value most: Our readers ate up stories about science, careers and the successes of their colleagues. And that pleases us, because that's what ASBMB Today is all about.

So enjoy these top reads as you fill up on food, fun, friends and family in these final days of 2023. 

1. Finding a way to combat long COVID

By Marissa Locke Rottinghaus | Recent study reveals neurodegenerative biomarkers after COVID-19, gives clues for monitoring and potential treatment.

2. The silent toll of unpromotable work

By Courtney Chandler | Extra commitments are everywhere in academia. Many take time and effort but do not advance a faculty member’s career.

3. Making the leap from academia to industry

By Teisha Rowland | Ater many years in academia, in 2021 the author became a principal scientist at a small biotech startup, Umoja Biopharma. Since then, multiple postdocs and even professors have asked her: How did you make it happen?

4. ASBMB names 2023 fellows

By ASBMB Today Staff | They were recognized at the society’s annual meeting, Discover BMB, in Seattle.

5. ASBMB names 2024 award winners

By ASBMB Today Staff | Don’t miss their lectures at #DiscoverBMB in March in San Antonio.

6. Six tips for writing an effective recommendation letter

By Lisa Nivison-Smith | Recommendation letters can have a significant impact on an individual's chances of securing research grants, academic positions or awards. However, researchers and academics receive almost no training in how to write them.

7. 2023 holiday gift guide

By Allison Frick | We hope these suggestions will help you check some of your favorite scientists off this year’s gift list. 

8. New form of omega-3 could prevent visual decline with Alzheimer’s disease

By Anne Frances Johnson | By crossing into the retina, new DHA supplement achieves what previous ones could not.

9. The ‘Rapunzel’ virus: an evolutionary oddity

By Marissa Locke Rottinghaus | Extremely long tail provides window into how bacteria-infecting viruses assemble.

10. MOSAIC changes the landscape

By Laurel Oldach | This training program unites postdocs and professors with goals of diversity, equity and inclusion in academia.


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Angela Hopp

Angela Hopp is executive editor of ASBMB Today and senior director of marketing and communications for the ASBMB. 

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