Cell News—Making cell biology education more interdisciplinary

Research now rarely happens in silos, and cell biology is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary with physics, math, and larger-scale biology. However, cell biology at the undergraduate level is often taught without interdisciplinary elements. Carolyn Weber, Assistant Professor at Idaho State U...

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Note on Bias Against Novelty

The use of the Journal Impact Factor as a measure of the quality of scientific research may undervalue precisely the type of novel, “high risk/high gain” research that we need to advance our field. This is one conclusion to be drawn from a recent article by a team of three economists who ana...

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Our People—Kai Simons Awarded €100,000 Robert Koch Gold Medal

  Kai Simons, the man who launched the lipid raft on the cell membrane and who helped re-invigorate modern cell biology in Europe, has been awarded the 2016 Robert Koch Gold Medal for outstanding life work in biomedical research. The Koch medal comes with a €100,000 prize.   ...

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ASCB Says NIH Budget Cuts Will Imperil Research Databases

FlyBase, WormBase, Saccharomyces Genome Database, ZFIN, Mouse Genome Database, and Rat Genome Database—these are all model organism databases (MODs). Essential tools for researchers, they are supported chiefly by grants from the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). And the...

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ASCB Gets $1 Million Grant to Support MAC Career and Mentoring Programs

The ASCB has received a nearly $1 million Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to support new and ongoing programs of the Society’s Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC). The IPERT grant will provide $496,316 a year...

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Our People—UC Berkeley’s Michael Rape Wins Big Early Career Science Prize for Ubiquitin Research

The largest unrestricted cash prize for an early career scientist—$250,000—was awarded Tuesday to ASCB member Michael Rape of the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) for his work on ubiquitination in signal transduction. Rape was n...

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Cell News—Of COPII vesicles and sour pickles

COPII, the coat protein complex II, is the cargo master of the cell. Stationed close to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), COPII grabs and sorts newly minted proteins as they emerge from the ER, wrapping them into what are called COPII vesicles. These are shipped to the Golgi apparatus for reproces...

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ASCB’s New Executive Director—Taking On a Scientific Society in a World of Change

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead I now have several weeks under my belt as the new Executive Director and am deep into learning mode to understand ASCB. One part of my on-bo...

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Cell News—Cap and shoulder above in muscle plasma membrane repair

Now you’ve done it. Run too far, lifted too much, or played tennis too long. You’re worried that you may have injured skeletal muscle but even while you’re rounding up ice packs, your muscle cells are already frantically trying to cope. Ruptures in the plasma membrane of skeletal muscle cell...

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Cell News—Scaling up DNA editing

Easily editing a cell’s native DNA to make specific proteins glow is a cell biologist's dream. The glowing GFP-tagged proteins can be followed and monitored as they go about their business. But with over 20,000 proteins encoded in the human genome, it’s a daunting task to tag each one. However...

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