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December 2014

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Going global with genomics

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Online Now: December 2014 Issue of ASBMB Today

December 8, 2014 — Our Defying Stereotypes series continues with  two stories about women who've found ways to professionally blend science and art. Our science writer reports on how Smithsonian scientists are trying to figure out some little details that will make a big difference in their genomic research endeavor. ASBMB President Steve McKnight tells a story about "a triumph of science." Our intern, Maggie Kuo, profiles a graduate student who regularly appears on shows like "The View" to inspire the public to embrace and experiment with science. And, for those of you still doing holiday shopping, we scoured CafePress to find the best mugs for scientists.  Read the December issue.

This Wednesday- Join us for ASBMB Journal Club!ASBMB Journal ClubNovember 11, 2014- Join us for our next ASBMB Journal Club, "Biomarker Discovery and Validation," on Wednesday November 12 at 2 PM Eastern. For more information, including how to participate, click here.


Journal News

JBC Thematic Minireview Series - Radical SAM Enzymes

December 5, 2014 — In this thematic minireview series, the JBC presents six articles on radical SAM enzymes that accomplish wide-ranging chemical transformations. We learn that despite the diversity of the reactions catalyzed, family members share some common structural and mechanistic themes. Still in its infancy, continued explorations promise to be fertile grounds for discoveries that will undoubtedly further broaden our understanding of the catalytic repertoire and deepen our understanding of the chemical strategies used by radical SAM enzymes.

Read all of the articles in this series here  

JBC Thematic Minireview Series - Nutrient Regulation of Cellular Metabolism & Physiology by O-GlcNAcylation

November 4, 2014 — The dynamic cycling of N-acetylglucosamine (termed O-GlcNAcylation) on serine or threonine residues of nuclear or cytoplasmic proteins serves as a nutrient sensor, both independently and also via its interplay with other post-translational modifications, to regulate signaling, transcription and cell physiology. Emerging evidence suggests that dysregulation of this ubiquitous post-translational modification contributes to the etiology of some the most important human chronic diseases. This Thematic Series provides an overview of our current knowledge about the myriad roles of O-GlcNAcylation in cellular physiology.

Read all of the articles in this series here

Member News

ASBMB Members Named HHMI ProfessorsHHMI LogoThe Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced 15 scientist-educators who have been named HHMI professors. Each will receive $1 million over five years "to create activities that integrate their research with student learning in ways that enhance students' understanding of science." Forty scientists have been named HHMI professors since the program began in 2002.
New members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Academy 2013 The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced in late April the election of 198 new members who will be inducted at a ceremony in October in Cambridge, Mass. Six ASBMB members were elected.  


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