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Important SLAS2015 January Deadlines:
Advance Registration Rates Expire this Friday, Jan. 9!

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Take action today to participate fully in SLAS2015 — five days of sharing ideas, innovation and insight about laboratory science and technology with the world's leading scientists, researchers, academicians, business leaders, students and technology providers.

January 7: Discounts on hotel room reservations at official SLAS2015 hotels. Full details.

January 9: Up to $200 discounts on registration fees. More information.

January 26: Final poster abstract submission deadline. Submit now.

See you in Washington, DC, February 7-11!
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JBS Special Issue is Open Access: Novel Therapeutic Approaches for Neglected Infectious Diseases
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JBS begins its 20th year of publication with an important special issue organized by Guest Editors Julio Martin-Plaza of GlaxoSmithKline in Tres Cantos, Spain, and Eric Chatelain of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) in Geneva, Switzerland. Chatelain says the issue’s scientific manuscripts "reflect the growth made in the last five to 10 years to combat neglected infectious diseases." Martin-Plaza adds, "We urge members of the SLAS community to do their best to figure out how to improve access to diagnostic methodologies for health professionals and for patients suffering from neglected infectious diseases in endemic areas. Knowledge sharing and collaboration are essential."

This special issue of JBS is being made fully and freely available online thanks to DNDi. Says JBS Editor-in-Chief Robert M. Campbell, "We are grateful, and excited about the valuable impact this open access issue will have on important research everywhere around the globe."
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SLAS Asia Conference and Exhibition: April 9-10, 2015
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From small molecules to biologics, the SLAS Asia Conference and Exhibition in Shanghai offers the latest in drug discovery approaches, emphasizing the connection between academia and industry. More than 30 multinational companies are expected to showcase laboratory technologies. Featured speakers include Fu Gao, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Zihe Rao, Nankai University; and Xiaodong Wang, National Institute of Biological Science. The second day Biologics Innovation Group 2015 Annual Conference begins with a welcome address by immunochemist Richard Lerner, professor and former president of The Scripps Research Institute. Register by Jan. 28 and save. More


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JALA Announces Special Issue on Micro and Nanotechnologies for Quantitative Biology and Medicine
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A quantitative approach to biology and medicine is essential for understanding how biological systems respond to dynamically changing environments and for developing new therapeutic strategies to combat disease. Recent advancements in micro and nanotechnologies have revolutionized biomedical research in engineering controlled interfaces to biological systems. These quantitative enabling technologies hold great potential to accelerate early diagnosis and treatment of disease. JALA will highlight and explore diverse quantitative approaches and their applications in this issue. Guest Editor Somin Eunice Lee of the University of Michigan invites your manuscript proposal by Oct. 20. SLAS members and nonmembers alike are invited to submit. More

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SLAS Europe Announces Three 2015 Events
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In line with its mission to deliver relevant, peer-vetted scientific education for its members and the greater life sciences community, SLAS Europe has scheduled the following events:

SLAS Conference on Compound Management in Industry and Academia
March 24-25, 2015
Dortmund, Germany

Nordic Chemicals Biology Meeting
May 5-6, 2015
Sweden
With Karolinska Institutet

Cutting-edge Technologies for Target Validation Conference
May 18-19, 2015
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
With the Scottish Universities Life Science Alliances (SULSA)

Image courtesy of Alyce Nehme of University of New South Wales, a 2014 JALA & JBS Art of Science Contest finalist.
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Three Cheers for the People of SLAS!
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Enjoy this one-minute video showcasing the interesting people who make SLAS tick!

The video includes some of the SLAS movers and shakers whose lives and careers were featured in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine in 2014.

See how their stories can impact your work in laboratory science and technology.
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    Molecular Decoys Boost Antimicrobial Drug Potency
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    Bacteria sometimes protect themselves from toxic molecules by actively pumping them out of their cytoplasm. This defense is often activated against antibiotics, rendering the microbes resistant to the drugs. A team of chemists now reports that supplementing a drug molecule with small fragments of itself could inhibit such efflux, offering a new route to designing therapies against resistant bacteria. The fragments act as molecular decoys that block the transport of larger drug molecules, the researchers say. More

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    Genome Editing Tool Shows Promise in Engineering Human Stem Cells
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    A powerful “genome editing” technology known as CRISPR has been used by researchers since 2012 to trim, disrupt, replace or add to sequences of an organism’s DNA. Now, scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine have shown that the system also precisely and efficiently alters human stem cells. In a recent online report, the Johns Hopkins team said the findings could streamline and speed efforts to modify and tailor human-induced pluripotent stem cells for use as treatments or in the development of model systems to study diseases and test drugs. More

    ISBER 2015 Annual Meeting and Exhibits: Early-bird Registration Ends Feb. 23
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    The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) meets May 5-9, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ. Themed Bridging the Canyon – Connecting Biobank Communities through Innovations in Global Health, Research and Environmental Preservation, the program features multiple plenary sessions, educational workshops, corporate workshops, special topic and contributed paper presentations, poster sessions, working group discussions and an exhibition. Register by Feb. 23 and save. More

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    Scientists Discover New Information About How Enzymes From White Blood Cells Function
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    As a part of the human immune system, white blood cells create a number of enzymes that help fight disease. Sometimes, these enzymes damage tissues in inflammatory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer and heart disease. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have determined that one of these enzymes, known as MMP12, does not remain outside of cells while it fights infections, but rather it can travel all the way to the center of cells. More


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    Drug Resistance Forecasts May Inform Drug Design
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    Attempting to emulate the ability of chess grandmasters to think multiple moves ahead, scientists are learning to anticipate the most likely move–countermove scenarios that give rise to drug resistance. For example, scientists at Duke University and the University of Connecticut have developed a computational approach that can predict resistance mechanisms, including previously unidentified mutations — that pathogens might use to defeat new drugs. More

    Bacteria 'Factories' Churn out Valuable Chemicals
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    A team of researchers led by Harvard University geneticist George Church at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Harvard Medical School (HMS) has made big strides toward a future in which the predominant chemical factories of the world are colonies of genetically engineered bacteria. In a new study, scientists at the Wyss Institute modified the genes of bacteria in a way that lets them program exactly what chemical they want the cells to produce — and how much — through the bacteria’s metabolic processes. Donald Ingber, SLAS2015 keynote speaker, explains the importance of this discovery. More



    3-D Printing Molecules Can Reveal New Insights
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    With everything from violins to rifles being made on 3-D printers, it seems the devices have taken the notion of DIY to a whole other level. Now, 3-D printing is allowing scientists to gain insights into some of the tiniest constituents of the universe: biological molecules. Although researchers have used computer models to visualize the origami-like process of protein folding for years, "the experience itself is very different between looking at something on a flat screen, and actually holding an object and manipulating an object in your hands," said Arthur Olson, a molecular biologist. More

    Freshmen-Level Chemistry Solves Solubility Mystery of Graphene Oxide Films
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    A Northwestern University-led team recently found the answer to a mysterious question that has puzzled the materials science community for years — and it came in the form of some surprisingly basic chemistry. Like many scientists, Jiaxing Huang did not understand why graphene oxide films were highly stable in water. When submerged, the individual GO sheets become negatively charged and repel each other, which should cause membrane to disintegrate. More

    Vitamin D's Benefit May Lie in Syncing Our Body Clocks
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    Are you spending enough time in the sun? As well as keeping our bones strong, vitamin D — the hormone our skin makes when exposed to ultraviolet rays — may also help regulate our body clocks. We all have a small group of "clock genes" which switch on and off during the day. As a result, the levels of the proteins they code for rise and fall over a 24-hour period. More


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