Please find attached the first issue of IUBMB News, which is designed to keep you informed about programs, opportunities and events offered by the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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The application deadline for the IUBMB 2016 Young Scientist Program has been extended to March 11th, 2016. We encourage all current PhD students and postdoctoral fellows (within 5 years of obtaining his/her PhD Degree) that qualify to apply online.

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The February 2016 issue of FEBS News is ready and can now be viewed on the FEBS website in flipbook format or downloaded as a PDF. In this issue you will have information about the upcoming FEBS Congress (September 03rd-08th, 2016), organised by the Turkish Biochemical Society, on the aegean coast, in Ephesus / Kuşadası. Also presented are some highlights of our new journal platform entitled: "FEBS Press" and reviews of latest FEBS events as well as a look ahead to those planned for 2016. There are, as usual, some updates, provided by the Chairs of the FEBS committees.

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Every December, the staff of Science singles out a significant development or achievement as the Breakthrough of the Year. This year, visitors to Science's website could pick their own favorite from the short list of candidates. Below are descriptions of Science's Breakthrough—the powerful genome-editing technique known as CRISPR—along with nine Runners-up and the results of the "People's Choice" poll. Rounding out the package are a few "Areas to Watch" likely to make news in the 2016; a retrospective Scorecard of last year's prognostications; and a look back at Breakdowns that set back or tarnished the scientific enterprise in 2015 (Source: Science).

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On a monthly basis, INCLUDE will provide timely information on issues that impact you. One of its standing features will be Profiles of participants, mentors, and sponsors that provide a snapshot of why that person and/or service is so important to the DLSP family. It will also feature articles, discussions, and podcasts that tackle the hard questions facing diversity issues in science.

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The United Nations has proclaimed 2015 as the 'International Year of Light'. A laser provides a very precise light, crucial in many daily activities, like using a printer or scanning items in a store. The technology is also used in communication, industry, medicine and environmental care. Charles H. Townes, who passed away in January, 99 years old, was awarded the Physics Prize for the fundamental work that led to the construction of lasers. In this video clip, he recalls the moment of eureka conceiving his idea of maser, a similar appliance for microwaves.

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Welcome to another issue of Science in School, packed with cutting-edge science and hands-on teaching activities. You can find the full issue online or subscribe to the print version.

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Statement supporting European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. The use of animals in research has facilitated major breakthroughs in medicine which have transformed human and animal health. We support research using animals where alternative methods are not available, where the potential benefits to health are compelling, and where acceptable ethical and welfare standards can be met (Source: Basel Declaration Society).

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The CNIC would like to inform you that the FIFTH call for the CNIC INTERNATIONAL POSTDOCTORAL PROGRAMME (CNIC IPP) has been launched. The CNIC is offering EIGHT (8) postdoctoral fellowships. This call will be open until the 23rd of December 2015.

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The American Society for Microbiologists recently hosted its first international 'Agar Art' challenge in which microbiologists from around the world used various microbes and germs to create beautiful works of art in petri dishes. The submissions included recognizable paintings like Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' as well as original microbe paintings.

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Together with PABMB, the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) have recently launched the program 2016-PROLAB (PROMOTING RESEARCH OPPORUNITIES FOR LATIN AMERICAN BIOCHEMISTS) and committed funds to foster interactions among biochemists in Latin America, Portugal and Spain with those in the United States.PROLAB program is meant to support graduate and post-doctoral students and new investigators (not more than 5 years past postdoctoral work) from countries active in the PABMB, including Spain and Portugal, to spend short stays (1-6 months) in the laboratory of a scientist affiliated with ASBMB. Application Deadline: January 13, 2016.

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The newly formed Cajal Legacy Group is seeking your support to have the work of Ramon y Cajal and his school of talented protégées World Heritage Listed by UNESCO. Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934) is unquestionably the founder of modern neuroscience and a genius in the field of biology. Cajal was the first person to describe the cellular structure of the brain and to link these networks of cells with the functioning of the mind (Source: www.change.org).

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