Jan-Feb 2014 ASCB Newsletter - page 1

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Keynote, continued on p.10
Modeling membranes, nanomagnets to control cell activity, and a gain-of-function protein behind
a severe progressive brainstem disorder were among the hot topics at the 2013 ASCB Annual
Meeting in New Orleans, December 14–18. This year, ASCB continued the tradition of weaving
two threads—biophysics and medicine—through many of the 254 science presentations. (Events
in the meeting’s third thread—professional development—are covered throughout the Annual
Meeting Highlights section starting on p. 17.)
Science Highlights, continued on p.6
Consider it a triumphant return appearance. Their roles
and most of all their science had changed in the dozen
years since Elaine Fuchs, then president of the ASCB,
introduced her keynote speaker at the 2001 ASCB Annual
Meeting, Craig Venter. That had been during Venter’s
first big moment in the world media spotlight as head of
Celera, his private “shotgun” gene sequencing company
that had just completed the first draft of the human
genome in an uneasy alliance with the public consortium
led by the National Institutes of Health. Already a leading
Unmasking Cancer Stem Cells and
Sequencing on Mars—Fuchs and
Venter Give ASCB 2013 Keynotes
Science Highlights from ASCB 2013:
Membranes, Nanomagnets, and the Errant
Protein behind a Cerebellar Disorder
Part of a glioblastoma tumor from a mouse treated with a CSF-1R inhibitor. The drug was shown to induce
tumor-associated macrophages (green) to phagocytose tumor cells (red). Photo: Johanna Joyce
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