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SLAS announces emerging economies membership category
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Individuals in the field of laboratory science and technology that reside in countries recognized as low-to-upper middle income economies by The World Bank are now able to become SLAS members at deeply discounted rates. "The SLAS Strategic Plan is very clear about how important we believe it is to build and support a truly international membership. This is another significant step in that direction," says SLAS President Michelle Palmer. More


JALA Online now at
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JALA Online has moved and is now optimized for mobile devices at For access instructions, visit JALA is planning two special issues in 2012: Robotics — abstracts due Feb. 15; and Novel Drug Development and Delivery — abstracts due March 15. More

Congratulations to The Lab Man!
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The Lab Man podcast has been honored with a silver award in the Association TRENDS 2011 All-Media Contest. It was one of more than 450 entries in the contest recognizing the most creative and effective communications for associations and professional societies. Listen to The Lab Man's new podcast on epigenetics featuring William P. Janzen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More

Small automated pipettors perform big
SOLO & SOLOPlus Automated Pipettors are the perfect choice for automating repetitive and time consuming applications. Available in single channel, 8-channel and 12- channel configurations the SOLO handles serial dilutions, kinase assays and next-gen sequencing prep with ease. Multiple deck configurations, accessories and robotics are available. See more at Email

SLAS2012 exhibit floor expands (again!)
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San Diego attendees now have the opportunity to visit with more than 300 multinational companies at the SLAS First Annual Conference and Exhibition on Feb. 4-8. Use the SLAS2012 Event Scheduler on your computer, tablet or smartphone to set up your personal calendar. More

Long-Term Storage (LTS) per Study

Starfruit Software/Database Service - LTS per Study. You can control who to use a sample. Visit Store – Starfruit Library to see "Starfruit Sample Locator BIMS"

FIRST robotics teams kick off new year
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Jan. 7 marked the beginning of the new competitive season for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). SLAS supports the FIRST mission of inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders and brings two FRC (FIRST Robotics Challenge) teams, one FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) team and one FLL (FIRST Lego League) team to show their emerging talents at SLAS2012 in San Diego. More

Array Tape™ Flexible Microplate Replacement
Douglas Scientific’s Array Tape™ is a flexible microplate replacement for high throughput applications. It’s a continuous polymer strip, embossed with reaction wells in customized volumes and formats including 384-well arrays. Miniaturized well sizes of 1 µL allow smaller reactions and reduce reagent costs. Request a free sample today!
Protect Your Automation with Alpillo® Plate Cushions
Alpillo® microplate cushions are designed to enhance automated precision pipetting. Integrated spring technology allows for touch-off dispenses and complete aspiration of every microliter of precious reagents and samples from any SBS standard microplate. Protect your instruments and consumables and eliminate troublesome tip crashes & head contamination - all while improving pipetting consistency.
Scale-up Ion Channel Expression using MaxCyte Transfection
Express multi-subunit ion channels with ease including toxic or previously intractable channels using the proven MaxCyte® STX™ Scalable Transfection System. Scale-up your automated electrophysiology and calcium flux screening assays by transfecting up to 1E10 cells in less than 30 minutes!
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Clearing a potential road block to bisabolane: Key enzyme structure identified
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JBEI researchers determined the structure of the AgBIS enzyme and found it to consist of three helical domains, the first three-domain structure ever found in a synthase of sesquiterpenes. This discovery holds importance for advanced biofuels and other applications. More

Track Cell Behavior Kinetically

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NIH establishes National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
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In a move to re-engineer the process of translating scientific discoveries into new drugs, diagnostics and devices, the National Institutes of Health has established the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The action was made possible by Congress' approval of a fiscal year 2012 spending bill and the president's signing of the bill, which includes the establishment of NCATS with a budget of $575 million. More

Get Connected to Laboratory Science at Pittcon 2012
If you are a scientist or researcher looking for the latest innovations in laboratory equipment–then Pittcon 2012, the world’s largest annual conference and expo for lab science, is a must attend event. Register now at

Research shows how stress affects the brain
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Research exploring how stress alters brain function — leading to anxiety, depression, and other stress-related mood disorders — might aid in the development of more effective interventions for stress-related disorders. In neuroscience, stress is generally defined as any kind of change that causes physical or psychological strain. More


China halts unapproved stem cell treatments
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China's Health Ministry ordered unapproved stem cell treatments stopped as China tries to bring under control its growing but loosely regulated industry. The ministry stopped accepting applications for stem cell procedures until July and is implementing a yearlong campaign to halt unauthorized stem cell therapy trials. Regulations on stem cell treatments are relatively relaxed in China compared to other nations. More

Flexible, Reliable Lab Automation Solutions

Whether your lab is manual, semi-automated or fully automated, FlexLink has flexible conveyor systems and solutions that fit perfectly where space is limited and close machine interface is required.

FDA new drug approvals in 2011 outpace recent past
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During 2011, FDA approved 35 new medicines. This was, according to the agency, among the highest number of approvals in the past decade, surpassed only by 37 approvals in 2009. Of the 35 drugs given the go-ahead, two were approved with a molecular test, making them the first companion drug-diagnostic sanctions. More

Common virus may trigger MS nerve damage
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For the first time we have an answer to what Epstein-Barr virus may be doing in the brains of people with multiple sclerosis. RNA from the virus could be triggering the inflammation of nerve tissue characteristic of the disease. EBV is present in almost all people with MS, and having glandular fever, caused by the virus, is known to increase the risk of developing MS. More

RapidFire High-throughput Mass Spectrometry Systems

Agilent Technologies’ RapidFire is an SPE-based solution that enables detection of native compounds by mass spec. Requiring no labels or surrogates, it enables the screening of intractable or challenging targets which are not amenable to fluorescence or luminescence. Sample throughput is 10x faster than conventional MS screening methods. MORE

Who's the boss? Research shows cells influence own destiny
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In a major shake-up of scientists' understanding of what determines the fate of cells, researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have shown that cells have some control over their own destiny. The researchers, from the institute's Immunology division, drew their conclusion after studying B cells, immune system cells that can make antibodies. More


Standardisation in Lab Automation - infoteam knows how
With SiLA (Standardisation in Lab Automation), we offer a standardised software foundation that enables easy integration of complex, automated systems. Modular systems controlled by the process management system can easily be replaced, separately tested and validated. Plug and play. We know how to connect you.
Visit Labcyte Tutorials at SLAS2012
Come see all three Labcyte tutorials at SLAS2012 and learn about the latest applications of the Echo® liquid handler and Access™ workstation in qPCR and biochemical assays. With the Echo liquid handler and Access workstation you can eliminate tip costs and increase the throughput of miniaturized assays. The future of science is sound. MORE
FSSI: Advanced Compound Management Services
Focused on Outsourced Materials Management and Sample Preparation Services, FSSI supports Compound Management, Research and Discovery Screening, and Chemistry. FSSI performs Sample Reformatting and Full Repository Services with on-demand 24-48 hour delivery. FSSI offers diversity screening libraries, pre-weighed building blocks in custom aliquots, full preparative purification, and high-throughput analysis.


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