Add an Extra Dose of Science to Government Rulemaking

Democracies tend to have common expectations embedded in their culture. The most fundamental of these is that we insist our government responds to our views and policy preferences. While some cynicism about the political system is healthy, representative government only functions over the long term  … Read more

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Our People—ASCBers Are 14 of 84 Early-Career ‘Faculty Scholars’ Named by HHMI-Simons-Gates Foundations

A new collaborative effort by three of America’s leading non-government funders of biomedical research to address “growing concern about the significant challenges that early-career scientists are facing” has named a first cohort of 84 early-career Faculty Scholars. Thirteen of the 84 are active ASCB members.  … Read more

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Dora

The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), initiated by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) together with a group of editors and publishers of scholarly journals, recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scientific research are evaluated. The  … Read more

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CRISPR and other Mindboggling Techniques of 21st Century Biology

Can’t get enough CRISPR? Nature writer Heidi Ledford’s feature on the possible ethical and legal problems lurking in the transformative gene editing technology led off a special Nature section earlier this month. Then there was Andrew Pollack’s profile of Jennifer Doudna, University of California, Berkeley.  … Read more

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Grant Opportunities – Updated May 1, 2015

Here is where we will organize information about grant opportunities we particularly want to highlight for ASCB members and affiliates. We will periodically update the table below, with the most recent information at the top of the table. If you know of a grant opportunity  … Read more

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Where to Find Research Funding Opportunities

Love it or hate it, your long-term research progress usually depends on grant funding. Particularly for new PIs, getting this funding can sometimes seem like a yawning black hole that sucks in early-career researchers who will never be heard from again. But fear not, because we  … Read more

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Celldance 2014

“Killing Cancer, Cytotoxic T-Cells on Patrol” by Alex Ritter, NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program, is one of three “Tell Your Own Cell Story” videos commissioned by Celldance Studios, a.k.a. the ASCB’s Public Information Committee (PIC). “Companions in Discovery” by Amy Gladfelter, Dartmouth, is one of three  … Read more

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Co-Chaperone Keeps Close Watch on Mice Sperm Production

Chaperones aren’t just for high-school homecoming dances. Cells have chaperones as well, chaperone proteins that ensure newly made proteins are properly folded. If protein folding goes awry, diseases associated with misfolded proteins such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can arise. But if one set of chaperones  … Read more

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Nontraditional Animal Models—Beyond the Zebrafish, the Other Teleosts

Fishermen can tell you many tales of the teleosts but most cell biologists know but one—the zebrafish. That’s a shame, says John Postlethwait, professor of biology at the University of Oregon, who made his scientific mark with the zebrafish but is a fan of a  … Read more

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The Flatworm Turns (Over)—Regenerating Planaria Show Hidden Talents

Sometimes in science it pays to turn over a new leaf or an old laboratory animal. Stephen M. King at the University of Connecticut Health Center recently turned over planarian Schmidtea mediterranea, the nonparasitic flatworm justly renowned for its incredible regenerative powers, and saw on  … Read more

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