Curry calls for renewed dedication to DORA mission

At the 2012 meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco, a group of scientific publishers and editors gathered to call for a paradigm shift in how the value of research significance and impact should be assessed. The result of that meeting  … Read more

What’s it all about? Super Resolution Microscopy
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This installment of “What’s It All About?” aims to tackle the exciting field of super resolution microscopy. For centuries scientists have been limited technically by the diffraction limit of traditional light microscopy. Structures a few hundred nanometers apart cannot be resolved with conventional methods. As  … Read more

ASCB seeks to improve science literacy through new public engagement grants

When scientists engage with their community, both sides benefit from improved understanding. That’s the philosophy behind a new grant program from the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). The program is supported by Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation. Members of the scientific  … Read more

Spotlight on 2017 Fall COMPASS outreach grant recipients
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Science outreach can be many things—teaching and inspiring a younger generation of scientists, communicating results in an accessible way to the public, or engaging in public advocacy for things like increased government science funding or the adoption of evidence-based government policies. These activities are becoming  … Read more

How will you celebrate World Science Day?

Every year, the world celebrates World Science Day for Peace and Development on November 10. The event was created in 2001 by the United Nations as a way to highlight the role science plays in society. The annual celebration also focuses attention on the need  … Read more

Strengths and challenges of working with non-model organisms
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There was a time when there was no such thing as a “model organism.” In the 19th century, Marine Institutes flourished all over the world and hosted labs where scientists could take advantage of the rich diversity of sea flora and fauna to explore how  … Read more

Illuminating cell organization with CRISPR-based gene tagging

The genome editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas9 has opened many doors for biomedical research by allowing scientists to precisely edit DNA sequences and alter function. The technology offers hope for correcting genetic defects and preventing disease. Scientists deploy glowing fluorescent tags to help them visualize  … Read more

MBoC plans special issue on Forces On and Within Cells
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David Drubin, Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC), and Valerie Weaver, an Associate Editor of MBoC, have announced plans to publish a second special issue on “Forces On and Within Cells.” The first such special issue was published in July 2017 (www.molbiolcell.org/content/28/14.toc). Weaver,  … Read more

What’s it all about? Organoids
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The second installment of the “What’s it all about series?” aims to tackle the broad utilization of in vitro three-dimensional (3D) culture models, termed organoids. There are numerous definitions for what constitutes an organoid, and just as many applications for their use. Though sometimes hard  … Read more

Cryo-EM: Nobel Prize-winning technique that’s sharpening view into cells

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to the team of scientists responsible for developing cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), which allows researchers to view biomolecules with high resolution. The Nobel laureates include Jacques Dubochet of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Joachim Frank of Columbia  … Read more