Biophysicist Eva Nogales Named 2016 Porter Lecturer

Eva Nogales, a University of California, Berkeley professor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory senior faculty member, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will give the 2016 Keith Porter Lecture at ASCB 2016 this December in San Francisco. Nogales has revolutionized the structur...

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Daniel Alfonso Colón-Ramos, A Student with 1,000 Questions, Wins E.E. Just Award

Daniel Alfonso Colón-Ramos always liked asking questions. Growing up in Puerto Rico, his questions earned him a lousy reputation among teachers. But now as a professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Yale, Colón-Ramos’ endless inquiries have led him to win ASCB’s 2016 E.E. Just Award f...

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Last Call for Celldance 2016 Proposals—What? Why? And Finally When?

Imagine yourself sitting in a bar with labmates, celebrating your latest cell imaging videos that you are screening on a computer tablet. A complete stranger standing next to you glances over your shoulder and is fascinated. She asks a few questions. You tell her the story of these images—what the...

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The Invasion of the Bioengineers and Vice Versa

When Valerie Weaver brought her first and, at that point, only graduate student to the 2000 ASCB Annual Meeting, her University of Pennsylvania (Penn) bioengineering student wasn’t happy. “She complained that there were hardly any engineers at the meeting,” Weaver recalls with a laugh. “The ...

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Cell News—A new class of unfolded protein response inhibitors

When unfolded or misfolded proteins accumulate in the cell’s endoplasmic reticulum (ER) an unfolded protein response (UPR) is triggered to mitigate the potential damage. The UPR has been implicated in a number of neurodegenerative diseases, and inhibiting the process could ameliorate Creutzfeldt...

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Cell News-How Primary Cilia Find Their Place in Skin

Primary cilia have been the glamour organelles of the early 21st century. First implicated in polycystic kidney disease in 2000, primary cilia now play so many roles in so many defects and diseases that the term, ciliopathies, was coined to encompass them. Clearly primary cilia also have a part ...

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Cell News—Lipids have specialized sorting processes too

Proteins and lipids are made in the Golgi apparatus and then are packaged and delivered to specific locations in the cell. Different proteins are known to be sorted into specific packages, but whether lipids are also sorted, or delivered in bulk, was not known. Now Yongqiang Deng and colleagues in...

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The Crowd Roars as World Dicty Cell Race Returns

Consider the sheer spectacle of the Dicty World Cell Race. Imagine that it’s October 26 at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) laboratory of cell motility researcher Daniel Irimia. Bang goes the opening pipette for the 2016 edition and genetically altered Dictyostelium discoideum (Dicty) ...

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Using Disease to Illuminate Basic Cell Biology at ASCB 2016

“Pointing cell biology towards disease has brought so many important insights into pathogenesis. It’s from the cell biology that the next wave of treatments will emerge,” says Joseph Gleeson, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator and an attending physician in the Laboratory o...

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Saying Goodbye to Boring 2D Plots at the QCBNet Data Visualization Workshop

Have you ever dreamed of walking along a microtubule? Imagined a textbook image coming to life? Wished your data would speak to you? These dreams will become reality sooner rather than later, thanks to a new generation of scientists who are creating tools for biological data visualization and mo...

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