What’s it all about? Microfluidics
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This installment of “What’s it all about?” will attempt to demystify the exciting miniature world of microfluidic technology, particularly as it pertains to cell biology and chip-sized cell culture systems. What are microfluidics? The term microfluidics can be used for both the physics-based study of  … Read more

Jodi Nunnari’s full interview with NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch

Editor’s Note: What follows is the complete transcript of an interview conducted by ASCB President Jodi Nunnari with Jon Lorsch, director of the National Institute of General Medical Services (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on February 22, 2018. The text was edited  … Read more

Joint NCI-ASCB conference reveals advanced cancer cell imaging methods

The number and types of advanced imaging techniques and technologies available to cell biologists today have grown exponentially over the last few years. As classical microscopy methods are refined and new imaging tools come online to visualize the cellular and subcellular world, it can be  … Read more

MBoC solicits papers for a special issue on the Cell Biology of Stem Cells
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Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC) Editor-in-Chief David Drubin has announced plans to publish a Special Issue on an important emerging area of cell biology, the Cell Biology of Stem Cells. Yukiko Yamashita, Diane Barber, TerryLechler, Jason Spence, and David Traver will serve as Issue  … Read more

What scientific publishing could look like
April 2018 Newsletter

If we were to create a way to share scientific research progress today, what would it look like? In this age of immediate digital publishing, it probably wouldn’t take months. In these times of user-generated content, it would probably be author-controlled. In an era where  … Read more

New organoid moves us closer to better understanding of the human brain

Scientists seek to create model systems that accurately recapitulate conditions in living organisms so that they can study everything from basic cellular functions to the effects of drug therapies. In the race to find the best model, the field of organoids has rapidly matured. To  … Read more

Curry calls for renewed dedication to DORA mission

At the 2012 meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco, a group of scientific publishers and editors gathered to call for a paradigm shift in how the value of research significance and impact should be assessed. The result of that meeting  … Read more

What’s it all about? Super Resolution Microscopy
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This installment of “What’s It All About?” aims to tackle the exciting field of super resolution microscopy. For centuries scientists have been limited technically by the diffraction limit of traditional light microscopy. Structures a few hundred nanometers apart cannot be resolved with conventional methods. As  … Read more

ASCB seeks to improve science literacy through new public engagement grants

When scientists engage with their community, both sides benefit from improved understanding. That’s the philosophy behind a new grant program from the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). The program is supported by Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation. Members of the scientific  … Read more

Spotlight on 2017 Fall COMPASS outreach grant recipients
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Science outreach can be many things—teaching and inspiring a younger generation of scientists, communicating results in an accessible way to the public, or engaging in public advocacy for things like increased government science funding or the adoption of evidence-based government policies. These activities are becoming  … Read more