News from the Hill


Both houses of Congress propose to boost the budgets of the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation in fiscal year 2019, but advocates need to keep the pressure on.

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Member update


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

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Steitz wins Lasker lifetime achievement award


The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced today the recipients of the 2018 Lasker Awards. Among the four recipients was Joan Steitz, an ASBMB member.

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Alfred Alberts (1931—2018)


Roy Vagelos remembers his friend and colleague who discovered the first FDA-approved statin drug and was part of the effort to show that lowering cholesterol levels improves heart health.

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Chapter president works to build community


Kelly Budge founded an ASBMB chapter for undergraduates to connect biology and chemistry students across the Goucher College campus.

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Meet the 2018 PROLAB recipients


Nine emerging scientists from Latin American countries win travel grants to study biochemistry in the U.S., Canada and Spain.

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Lipid News


Gerry Hammond explores the role of lipids in the mechanisms of the plasma membrane.

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JBC: New insights into the molecular weapons of the plant microbiome


Researchers in Canada write in the Journal of Biological Chemistry about pinpointing a toxin injected by one soil-dwelling bacterium into another that protects plants from disease.

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JBC: In reading histone modifications, an oncoprotein is modified in return


Researchers in Texas report in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that they’ve uncovered an unusual form of protein cross talk, suggesting new ways of inhibiting cancer metastasis.

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MCP: Guidelines for reporting complex spectra


The editors of the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics want feedback on their proposed guidelines for proteomics studies that use data-independent acquisition to collect tandem mass spectrometry data.

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JLR: A lipid that keeps our tears clear


Researchers in Australia write in the Journal of Lipid Research about their pursuit of the structure of a key long-chain lipid that keeps our tear film from evaporating on our eyes.

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From the journals


What’s the link between lipids and sleep apnea? How is obesity related to fertility? What’s the fastest way to screen heart drugs? Read about these topics and more in our roundup of recent papers from the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Journal of Lipid Research and Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.

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