Four ASBMB members win Nobel prizes


The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institutet announced this week that four members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology have won 2015 Nobel prizes.

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Review the reviewers


ASBMB President Steve McKnight writes: "A large fraction of the National Institutes of Health’s budget is spent in support of extramural research. These funds are the lifeblood of biomedical research in the United States. NIH grant applications are reviewed, in most instances, by members of 176 study sections organized by the Center for Scientific Review. How can we know whether these reviewers are doing a good job? Are the reviewers reviewed?"

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Is the Precision Medicine Initiative really necessary?


President Obama introduced the Precision Medicine Initiative during his State of the Union address in January. The goals of the initiative are to harness not only the power of advanced genomic sequencing but also of a million-patient cohort and to develop new methods for managing and analyzing large data sets that could accelerate biomedical discovery. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins wrote in February, “What is needed now is a broad research program to encourage creative approaches to precision medicine, test them rigorously and ultimately use them to build the evidence base needed to guide clinical practice”. But launching such an ambitious initiative will not be straightforward, the ASBMB policy team warns.

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Member Update


Find out what's going on in the professional lives of ASBMB members. Send us your updates .

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Journal News


Catch up on recent publications in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Journal of Lipid Research.

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In memoriam: Robert Labbé


Robert Ferdinand Labbé, professor emeritus at the University of Washington, passed away in March due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 92.  

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New directions in Down syndrome


Down syndrome is the most common cause of birth defects in the U.S. Although there is no standard treatment, children with Down syndrome can develop basic physical, cognitive, language and social skills with specialized education and care. During October’s National Down Syndrome month, the National Down Syndrome Society advocates the importance of early intervention and celebrates the unique strengths and talents of those with the syndrome.

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ChIP-ing away at DNA-protein interactions


The chromatin immunoprecipitation assay, popularly known as ChIP, is a technique that is used to capture and examine interactions between DNA and proteins. The basic principle behind ChIP is the achievement of a selective enrichment of genomic material when antibodies bind to and pull out protein-DNA complexes in vivo.

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