A Long Way to Give a Lecture—Avery August’s Road to the E.E. Just Lecture at ASCB/IFCB 2014

Avery August who will give the E.E. Just Lecture at 3:00 pm at the 2014 ASCB/IFCB meeting has traveled a long way to give today’s talk in Philadelphia. By land, it was only from Ithaca, NY, where he is Professor and Chair of the Department of Immunology at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Med...

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An Unholy Alliance—Colon Cancer Cells in situ Co-Opt Fibroblasts in Surrounding Tissue to Break Out

It means cancer “in place” but a carcinoma “in situ” often does not want to keep its place. Standing between a cancer cell in situ and the surrounding tissue of fibroblasts and extracellular matrix is the basement membrane, a thin sheet of fibers that normally cradles the cells above it....

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Screening for Matrix Effect in Leukemia Subtypes Could Sharpen Chemotherapy Targeting

Location, location, location goes the old real estate proverb but cancer also responds to its neighborhood, particularly in the physical surroundings of bone marrow cells where human myeloid leukemias arise and where, according to two Harvard bioengineers, stiffness in the surrounding extracellula...

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Complementary Light Switchable Proteins and Superresolution Reveal Moving Protein Complexes in Live Cells at Single Molecule Level

Cells are restless. They move during embryogenesis, tissue repair, regeneration, chemotaxis. Even in disease, tumor metastasis, cells get around. To do this, they have to keep reorganizing their cytoskeleton, removing pieces from one end of a microtubule and adding them to the front, like a rail...

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Social and Outreach Events at the 2014 ASCB/IFCB Meeting

The 2014 ASCB/IFCB meeting is the place to expand your scientific knowledge, present your research, and explore career options. Additionally, the meeting is a great place to meet scientists from all walks of life. The Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) Social and Outreach subcommittees ha...

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The End of the Line—ASCB/IFCB Meeting Opens Saturday in Philadelphia

Railroad buffs and out-of-towners who attended the 2010 ASCB Annual Meeting will take note when their SEPTA train from the Philadelphia airport or the 30th Street Amtrak station pulls into the Market East station, the eastern end of the line for SEPTA’s center city service. The name has changed. L...

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Pruning Landscapes—An Interview with Jeff Lichtman

Pruning is something that Jeff Lichtman understands. A professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard Medical School, Lichtman investigates connectomics, the structure of neural circuits, which he will readily tell you is all about pruning. During brain development, connections change as...

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The Big Time and the Small Scale—ASCB’s Celldance Studios Unveils Three Microscopic Blockbuster Films

A very tiny red carpet is ready. The paparazzi are gathering as a daring experiment in communicating cell biology comes to the test—who will watch the three “Tell Your Own Cell Story” videos commissioned by Celldance Studios, a.k.a. the ASCB’s Public Information Committee (PIC)? Dubbed ...

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ASCB/IFCB 2014—Looking at Small Things to Understand Big Things

If the soles of your shoes say something about where you’re going, the footprint of a cell can give clues about cancer. This idea of tracking something small, like a molecular footprint, to understand something big, like cancer progression, is the theme of a Saturday special interest subgroup ...

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Shape Your Career Plans at the ASCB Annual Meeting

Not sure if academia is for you? Wondering what other options are out there? Uncertain about which nonacademic career would be the right fit? In addition to all the awesome science talks lined up at the 2014 ASCB/IFCB Meeting, ASCB’s COMPASS (Committee for Postdocs and Students) has planned many e...

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