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Remote study sections

The coronavirus pandemic has forced federal agencies to move study sections to virtual settings, allowing reviews to continue while also allowing reviewers to follow federal guidance restricting travel and personal interactions.

In an effort to measure and understand the impact that remote peer review might have on science (positive or negative) the ASBMB encourages you to take a moment and share your thoughts and experiences regarding online study sections.

How to catch and kill a coronavirus on a doorknob

Researchers at Miami University are developing polymer coatings to inactivate SARS-CoV-2 on public surfaces.

Rapid home-based coronavirus tests are coming together in research labs

The author and colleagues are working on analyzing spit using advanced CRISPR gene editing techniques.

Building a mouse squad against Covid-19

It began with an email from Wuhan, a Maine laboratory and mouse sperm from Iowa. Now that lab is on the verge of supplying a much-needed animal for SARS-CoV-2 research.

Maybe coronavirus's aggressiveness could be changed by adding or subtracting sugar molecules

People with high blood sugar, not only those with a history of diabetes but also unexplained new diabetes, are showing up in the hospital with the novel coronavirus.

What is the ACE2 receptor?

How is the ACE2 receptor connected to coronavirus, and why might it be key to treating COVID-19? Three experts explain.

How a research tech can work from home in the time of COVID-19

As a new PI with a brand-new (closed) lab, Scott Aoki and his tech are figuring out how to stay productive.

A mechanism for remdesivir activity and a platform to test other antivirals

Researchers who showed that remdesivir blocks coronavirus polymerases report in JBC that a steric clash with a conserved serine mediates the effect.

3 volunteering guidelines to heed during the coronavirus pandemic

A volunteering expert offers guidance on how to help at a time when you might need to keep your helping hands to yourself.

Resources from the ASBMB


COVID-19 resources and guidance from funding agencies

See our list of guidance and resources from the NSF, NIH, DOE and others.


Online teaching: Practices and resources

A collection of resources for instructors in biochemistry, molecular biology and related fields as they make a transition to remote learning.


Slipping past the proofreader

The virus that causes COVID-19 has its own superpower. Can new drug candidates overcome it?

Other resources

COVID-19 resources for librarians, campuses and health professionals
Access to coronavirus research, textbooks, text and data mining, and clinical information from Elsevier.

Sharing, discovering and citing COVID-19 data and code
A webinar from the NIH.

Open-access data and computational resources to address COVID-19
NIH curated list of links to data sources.

Virtual NIH activities for trainees outside the NIH
Resources from the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education, including online workshops.

TED Connects
Daily conversations with TED talkers.

Resources from the Council of Graduate Schools for navigating the COVID-19 pandemic

Discussions on the biomedical workforce in the time of COVID-19
A series of discussions hosted by Rescuing Biomedical Research.

Journal of Biological Chemistry


JBC's coronavirus virtual issue presents a retrospective collection of content on coronavirus entry, proteases and host interactions to help researchers build more quickly toward therapeutic endpoints against SARS-CoV-2 and future strains.

See also...
The antiviral compound remdesivir potently inhibits RNA-dependent RNA polymerase from Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus



Shaping the Narrative: Effective science communication in the COVID-19 era

A panel discussion about how scientists can use their credibility and critical thinking to cut through the noise and guide the national COVID-19 dialogue.


ASBMB accreditation Q&A: Information and COVID-19 update

This webinar replaces the live Q&A session at the 2020 Annual Meeting and it is free for all to attend.


COVID-19 interruptions to NIH research

Understanding the funding implications and relief options of the recently passed CARES Act for the scientific community.