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ASU Biochemistry Prof Published in Science Journal

September 01, 2011

A research paper co-authored by Dr. Edith Osborne, assistant professor of biochemistry at Angelo State University, was published in the Aug. 26 issue of Science, the weekly journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The paper is titled “Expanding the Genetic Code of Escherichia coli with Phosphoserine,” and deals with using E. coli bacteria to manipulate the genetic coding of protein molecules. The process will impact future scientific efforts in protein engineering, molecular biology and disease research.

Osborne began work on the project when she was at New England BioLabs Inc. (NEB) in Ipswich, Mass. The project was a collaboration between researchers at NEB and researchers at Yale University led by Dr. Dieter Söll, a member of the National Academy of Sciences. An abstract of the paper is available online at www.sciencemag.org.

A faculty member in the ASU Chemistry and Biochemistry Department since 2008, Osborne holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a doctorate in biochemistry from Texas A&M University. She was also a postdoctoral fellow at New England BioLabs Inc. from 2006-08.

Osborne’s current research at ASU was profiled in the summer 2011 issue of the ASU Magazine. A PDF version of the summer issue is available online at www.angelo.edu/ASUMagazine/archives/2011/summer.html.

Founded in 1848, the AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.