March 2012

Viewing all reactive species in one take

In a recent "Paper of the Week" in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Kalyanaraman and colleagues combined a high-throughput fluorescence plate reader with special probes and high-performance liquid chromatography to detect and quantitate rapidly several reactive species at once.


Deciphering the role of antibody glycosylation in vaccine effectiveness

In a recent Molecular & Cellular Proteomics paper, Wuhrer et al. looked at the changes in glycosylation patterns of a subtype of IgG when 10 white European adults and 10 black African children were vaccinated with tetanus and several kinds of influenza.


Building on the legacy of a lipid pioneer

The lipid community lost a pioneer, scientist, clinician and beloved teacher late last year. Tatu Miettinen passed away in November at the age of 81 in a car accident.


From butterflies to politicians

Get a preview of Bengt Mannervik’s recent “Reflections” article for the Journal of Biological Chemistry collection of memoirs contributed over the years by outstanding molecular biologists and biochemists.


Speak, tweet and drink up!

As the annual meeting approaches, here we offer a few tips for those who want to get their research noticed and take part in the on-site and online discussions.


A life of, and for, change

Where Dave R. Wilson, the newest member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Minority Affairs Committee, grew up in rural New Mexico, opportunities for upward mobility – and, well, even neighbors – were few and far between. Nestled in the Navajo Nation Reservation not too far from the Four Corners, his hometown had only four houses, and his school was an 18-mile bus ride away.


Doing your best at the ASBMB Undergraduate Poster Competition

Hal White, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Delaware, from which many ASBMB poster-contest winners hail, offers tips for undergrads who are ready to compete.


Functions of cardiolipin as modifiers of the Barth syndrome phenotype

Don't miss Miriam L. Greenberg's author's note, which reads, in part: "The financial dilemma scientists currently face is exacerbated by the skewing of funding in the direction of translational and targeted research at the expense of curiosity-driven science."


Taking technology out of the lab and into the world

Rachel A. Cassidy talks about her career as an associate director at Johns Hopkins University’s Technology Transfer Office in Baltimore.

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