Jonathan Griffin

Science Communicator

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Jonathan is a science communicator based in the Washington D.C. area. He is currently at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), where he promotes new and exciting research from ASBMB's three journals. Jonathan holds a master's degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Florida and has published pieces with ASBMB Today, CrossLink, University of Florida News, the Independent Florida Alligator, and the American Geophysical Union.

A promiscuous inhibitor uncovers cancer drug targets

By Jonathan Griffin When signaling pathways within cells are triggered, proteins activate like a row of tumbling dominoes until the final protein influences some cellular function. In some tumors, multiple signaling pathways drive cell growth and survival; if one pathway ceases activity, another could continue driving cancerous behavior.

JBC: Outfitting T cell receptors for special combat

Researchers have engineered antibodylike T cell receptors that stick to cells infected with cytomegalovirus, or CMV, which can be deadly for patients with weakened immune systems. These receptors potentially could be used to monitor or destroy the virus and might also be able to target brain tumors.

Researchers clock DNA's recovery time after chemotherapy

A team of researchers led by Nobel laureate Aziz Sancar found that DNA damaged by the widely used chemotherapy drug cisplatin is mostly good as new in noncancerous tissue within two circadian cycles, or two days.

How to starve triple negative breast cancer

A team of Brazilian researchers has developed a strategy that slows the growth of triple negative breast cancer cells by cutting them off from two major food sources.

New automated volcano warning system forecasts imminent eruptions - GeoSpace

Scientists have developed an automated early warning system for volcanic eruptions, according to a new study. The new system helped government officials warn the public of impending eruptions in Italy and could potentially do the same around the globe, according to the study's authors.

Powerful solar storm likely detonated mines during Vietnam War - GeoSpace

A strong solar storm in 1972 caused widespread disturbances to satellites and spacecraft, and may have led to the detonation of mines during the Vietnam War, according to new research showing the event may have been a more devastating solar storm than previously thought.

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Scientists theorize new origin story for Earth's water - AGU Newsroom

Earth's water may have originated from both asteroidal material and gas left over from the formation of the Sun, according to new research. The new finding could give scientists important insights about the development of other planets and their potential to support life.

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Smartphone security risk compared to "having a ghost user on your phone"

Millions of smartphones likely have vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to easily take control of phones and extract private information without users ever knowing, new research shows. What's more, the hack can happen when a user does something as simple as plug a phone into an airport charging station.

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