ASCB Public Service Award to Senator Durbin, Architect of American Cures Act

The architect of the “American Cures Act,” U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), was presented with the ASCB Public Service Award by Connie Lee, Chair of ASCB’s Public Policy Committee (PPC) and Erika Shugart, ASCB Executive Director, on Wednesday for his efforts to revive federal investm...

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Cell News—Nervous Wreck coordinates remodeling, at least in neurons

One of the joys of fly genetics is the tradition of whimsical naming by generations of imaginative Drosophila researchers who have come up with such gems as Tinman, which affects the fly heart, and the world famous Hedgehog family, which affects development in everything eukaryotic. Another fine e...

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Cell News—How the formidable formins close the gap on wounds

The formins are a bustling family of cellular proteins involved in all sorts of basic biology from development to tissue maintenance to wound healing. The formins are well connected because they can regulate actin polymerization at the fast growing, barbed end of the filament. In cell-cell adhesio...

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Coming Attractions—Celldance Studios Announce New Microscopic Blockbuster Productions

Celldance Studios, a.k.a. ASCB’s Public Information Committee (PIC), today unveiled its list of three Celldance 2016 “Tell Your Own Cell Story” productions that will premiere at ASCB 2016 in San Francisco this December. The three short (3-4 minute) videos will feature eye-popping live cell...

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Bruce Alberts, Living Cell Biology Legend and Ex-ASCB President Wins Lasker-Koshland Achievement Award

Bruce Alberts, a pioneer in the study of DNA replication, a former ASCB President, and a living legend in cell biology, was today awarded the Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Awards in Medical Science. The Lasker-Koshland is a lifetime achievement award for scientific research and for scienti...

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ASCB 2016 Keynote Speaker: Rick Lifton Takes Exome Sequencing Beyond Mendelian Genetics

  Rick Lifton was moving house. After 23 years in New Haven at Yale, Lifton was packing up last July for Manhattan where on September 1, he would become the 11th President of the Rockefeller University. The job comes with an on-campus residence, a spectacular free-standing house overlook...

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A Missing Influence in Keeping Diversity Within the Academy?

A new study of science PhDs who embarked on careers between 2004 and 2014 showed that while nearly two-thirds chose employment outside academic science, their reasons for doing so had little to do with the advice they received from faculty advisors, other scientific mentors, family, or even graduate...

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Team Cell Biology Is the Future Says ASCB, But Managing Will Be NIH Challenge

It’s not a new Olympic sport yet, but forming and funding 21st century “cell biology teams” is on the minds of both the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and the ASCB. In a new letter to Cathy Lewis, who heads the NIGMS division that oversees cell biology and bioph...

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In Memoriam: Winner of 2008 Nobel in Chemistry, ASCB Member Roger Tsien

  Nobel laureate and ASCB member Roger Y. Tsien died August 24 in Eugene, OR, according to an official statement from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine where Tsien was on the faculty for 27 years. He was 64. Tsien won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with ASCB ...

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Cell News—Taking better aim with CRISPR

CRISPR/Cas9 has rapidly become the wonder tool of cell biology, giving researchers the ability to slice and dice genomes with effortless precision. Except that is not always the case. To gauge what affects the accuracy and effectiveness of CRISPR/Cas9, ASCB member Thoru Pederson and colleagues in ...

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