Issues of ASBMB Today


January   2016

On our cover, chief science correspondent Raj Mukhopadyhay looks at fresh developments in the loosely defined field of quantum biology, including attempts to design relevant experiments and develop models that can demonstrate quantum effects in biological processes. She hears from researchers who have observed quantum effects – in enzyme catalysis, photosynthesis, and the sensing of magnetic fields by migratory birds – but remain careful about embracing quantum biology as a fully-fledged niche.    


February   2016

This month’s ASBMB Today contains a special section on diversity and inclusion in the life sciences. Check out some pointed words on the topic from members and affiliates, a Q&A with NIH’s top diversity officer and articles from underrepresented minority contributors who propose meaningful steps for increasing diversity and inclusion. Also see our feature about the Human Placenta Project, which aims to reveal what goes right and what goes wrong with the puzzling organ.


March   2016

Our March issue looks ahead to the 2016 ASBMB annual meeting in April, with guides to special meeting events and profiles of our 16 annual award winners. We discover a bioartist who uses DNA phenotyping to create startling 3-D portraits of strangers, and science writer Alexandra Taylor delves into the life of C.C. Wang, a biochemist who modernized the field of parasitology.


April   2016

In our May issue, chief science correspondent Rajendrani Mukhopadyhay interviews popular speaker Fyodor Urnov, a researcher at Sangamo BioSciences who is an expert in zinc finger nucleases and helped coin the phrase “genome editing.” We speak with a bioartist who is creating new concepts of clothing inspired by the actions of bacteria that coat human skin, cover important new developments in education and outreach, and publish a song parody involving quorum sensing, Princeton’s Bonnie Bassler, and Madonna that’s guaranteed to make you grin.


May   2016

In our May issue, chief science correspondent Rajendrani Mukhopadyhay tells the evolving story of lysosomes. Once thought to serve as trash cans for the cell, Mukhopadhyay says lysosomes are having a “Cinderella moment” as researchers uncover their myriad contributions to the cell’s well-being. We also have a profile of the artist Kindra Crick, whose science-infused projects owe some debt to her grandfather Francis (yes, that Francis Crick), and we’re sharing sound advice about connecting with urban K – 12 communities from the outreach folks at The Rockefeller University.


June   2016

This issue features our first immersive cover story – oversized photos and audio accompany the writing online -- about a Scottish cabbie’s collection of scientist signatures. There’s a Q&A with new ASBMB president, Natalie Ahn, and we profile a microbiome researcher with a passion for educating scientists in his native Armenia.


August   2016

The cover story for this issue is about the illegal questions that some female candidates face during tenure-track faculty hiring and how those questions derail recruitment of women. There’s also a story on the promise of immunotherapy as well as a section focused on exciting teaching approaches in the life sciences.

ASBMB Today September 2016

September   2016

This issue contains a special section highlighting the pros and cons of scientists and science communicators engaging on social media. There is also a story about how undocumented immigrants who qualify under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals can't get federal funds to do research. As always,


October   2016

The cover story for this issue, written by Angela Hopp, details the efforts of one woman to bring Native American students to the National Institutes of Health so they get to experience the thrills of biomedical research. There also is a message from Natalie Ahn, the current president of the societ


November   2016

The cover story for this issue, written by John Arnst, details the pitfalls in trying to establish a baseline testosterone level in elite women athletes. There also is a special section that describes all the exciting programming scheduled for the next ASBMB annual meeting. The abstract submission deadline for the meeting is Nov. 17. As always, the magazine offers a variety of stories, such as journal news, member updates and essays.


December   2016

The cover story for this issue is about autophagy. John Arnst, ASBMB’s science writer, describes how Yoshinori Ohsumi’s work on the process, for which he won this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, has opened up new avenues of investigation in cell and molecular biology. There is also a