The Centrality of Cell Biology

My earliest encounter with cell biology occurred when I was in medical school during the early 1970s. The beauty and complexity of the intracellular world had a deep impact on me and quickly sealed my decision to become a scientist. In those days, cell biology  … Read more

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On Publishing and the Sneetches: A Wake-up Call?*

*This column reflects the opinions of the authors about commercial academic publishing. Two institutions—learned societies and scientific journals—midwifed a scientific revolution in the 17th century that still dominates our professional lives today. Learned societies like the ASCB remain relevant because they provide forums for sharing  … Read more

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On Research Funding and the Power of Youth

“A person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of thirty will never do so.” While this quip of Albert Einstein’s certainly does not generally apply to cell biologists, it is well recognized that innovation in science and technology tends to  … Read more

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On Careers and 42

“What is the secret to a successful career in science?” is a question that I often encounter when meeting with students and postdocs at various institutions. It is a loaded question to which there is no tangible answer, and I always enjoy the discussion that  … Read more

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On Preprints, and Beer and Tacos

A meeting (ASAPbio) was held on February 16–17 to discuss the role of preprints in biology, which sparked a New York Times Op-Ed by Amy Harmon under the provocative title “Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to Internet”1 and an article in the  … Read more

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On Reproducibility and Clocks

It is not easy to build a clock. When my daughter got married, I decided to build a clock as an heirloom wedding present. An accomplished designer, Clayton Boyer, offers a variety of plans for clocks that can be built almost entirely out of wood.1  … Read more

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On Cell Biology and Awesomeness – By Peter Walter

What is cell biology? I get this question frequently when I speak about my profession with people outside the inner circles of science. Since beginning my term as President of the ASCB the answer to the question needs to take on a different meaning, as it defines the core—the raison-d’être—of  … Read more

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Why Scientists Must Communicate with the Public

Shirley Tilghman This semester I have been teaching an undergraduate course at Princeton on the topic of modern genetics and public policy. The readings and class discussion have highlighted the damage that follows when the essential trust between scientists and the public who support them  … Read more

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In Praise of Core Facilities

For most of its history the field of cell biology— indeed the majority of basic biomedical research—has been organized like a large number of small department stores. Just as a department store must have everything from a shoe department to a kitchen appliance department to  … Read more

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