John is ASCB Senior Science Writer and the author among other things of two nonfiction books for older children, "Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science" and "Black & White Airmen," both from Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, Boston. Email: jfleischman@ascb.org


Elevator Speech Video Contest: What Amazon.com Can Teach Us about Cell Protein Delivery Systems

You can buy almost anything on Amazon.com but Steven DelSignore, a postdoc at Brandeis University, found a cellular metaphor, free of charge, in the online retailer’s warehouse system. He compared Amazon’s sorting and dispatch system to protein sorting and trafficking in cells. The metaphor and  … Read more

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ASCB’s First Doorstep Meeting Jumps into New Cancer Treatment Strategies

Cancer cell biology can be a bewildering jungle where well-charted pathways and promising therapies disappear into the undergrowth while the unexpected can jump out without warning. Something unexpectedly familiar did jump out of Joan Brugge’s talk on cancer therapy resistance at the ASCB’s first “Doorstep”  … Read more

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E.E. Just Lecturer Tells URM Scientists, “We Need You and We Need Your Ideas”

The ASCB’s E.E. Just Award comes with a medal, a named lecture, and a two-edged message for minority scientists today, according to this year’s winner, Daniel Cólon-Ramos of the Yale School of Medicine. The lecture is in honor of Ernest Everett Just, an early 20th  … Read more

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In Memoriam: Susan Lindquist, 67, Pioneer in Protein Folding Research

Susan L. Lindquist, a self-described scientific risk-taker who pioneered the field of protein folding, died at age 67 on October 27, 2016, of cancer, according to the Whitehead Institute.1 Lindquist served as director of the Whitehead from 2001 to 2004 before returning to a research  … Read more

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E.E. Just Lecturer Tells URM Scientists, “We Need You and We Need Your Ideas”

The ASCB’s E.E. Just Award comes with a medal, a named lecture, and a two-edged message for minority scientists today, according to this year’s winner, Daniel Cólon-Ramos of the Yale School of Medicine. The lecture is in honor of Ernest Everett Just, an early 20th  … Read more

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ASCB 2016 Elevator Speech Video Contest Winners: What Amazon.com Can Teach Us about Cell Protein Delivery Systems

You can buy almost anything on Amazon.com but Steven DelSignore, a postdoc at Brandeis University found a cellular metaphor, free of charge, in the online retailer’s warehouse system. He compared Amazon’s sorting and dispatch system to protein sorting and trafficking in cells. The metaphor and  … Read more

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Quality Control

Research in biology is driven by the constant tension between what we know (much) and what we don’t (much more). Take the question of the transcription of messenger RNA in the cell nucleus. Rob Singer of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY, who has pioneered new microscopy techniques for live imaging of single  … Read more

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E.B. Wilson Medal—Mina Bissell

  It is not every day that a scientific society gives its top award to a scientist who already has a top award named after herself. This December 6 at its Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the ASCB will bestow the E.B. Wilson Medal, its  … Read more

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Bacteria Produce Aphrodisiac That Sets Off Protozoan Mating Swarm

Researchers seeking the evolutionary roots of the animal kingdom have discovered a bacterium, Vibrio fischeri, that acts as an aphrodisiac on a species of protozoan choanoflagellates, the closest living relatives of animals, by releasing an enzyme that sends Salpinogoeca rosetta, into a full mating frenzy.  … Read more

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Workshop Cryo-EM-Grant Jensen

A type IV pilus is a bacterial grappling hook and one of the snazziest pieces of bacterial cell machinery going. The pilus is created by a type IV pilus machine (T4PM) that pushes out a pilus thread, grabs a substrate, and, hauling back the thread,  … Read more

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