Understanding nature through description
September 2017 NewsletterPresident's Columns

I had the good fortune to have an exceptionally good anatomy teacher during my first year of medical school. One of the exercises during labs was to identify structures. I recall how adamant he was in expecting us not to rush to a “guess,” even  … Read more

What’s it all about? CRISPR/Cas

Science changes over time. The collective knowledge of a field builds upon itself as new techniques allow us to ask new questions and find new answers. Sometimes as trainees we become ultra-focused on our current experiments and projects, missing these shifts in standards. Have you noticed  … Read more

Nanoscale forces measured in aortic smooth muscle cells tell story of disease

Researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of Pittsburgh have collaborated to employ a novel nanoscale fibrous system that can measure the tiny forces exerted by and upon individual cells with extreme precision. The team hopes that this platform, which investigators call nanonet force microscopy  … Read more

Data deleted, truth denied

Making data disappear does not change the truth. We find ourselves in a dangerous moment where data and science— availability and process—are concerned. Anyone working in science has seen the consequences of data manipulation by scientists themselves: shame, censure, and the spite of your colleagues  … Read more

Harris’s book explores critical topic of scientific rigor

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) was one of the first to highlight issues of reproducibility with science, so it was with great anticipation that I picked up Richard Harris’s book, Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope and Wastes Billions.  … Read more

Green Is Not the New Gold: Beware of False Models for Open Access
March/April 2017 NewsletterPresident's Columns

This President’s Column is by guest columnist Maria Leptin, Director of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). EMBO and ASCB are holding joint meetings in 2017 and 2018. Publishing scientific results involves a large and complex network of participants and interested parties, each with its  … Read more

New cell membrane fusion model challenges dogma

Membrane fusion lies at the heart of many cell functions—from the secretion of antibodies to the release of neurotransmitters. For more than two decades, one view of the process by which membrane fusion occurs has been accepted as dogma; now recent studies indicate that fusion  … Read more