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2017 SLAS Innovation Award Finalists Announced
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Nine podium presenters will compete for the $10,000 SLAS Innovation Award cash prize at SLAS2017. Selected by a panel of judges based on the potential impact of their work, originality/creativity and quality of science are Dean Ho, Delyan P. Ivanov, James E. Kirby, Michael Klinger, Tania Konry, Christopher Millan, Elodie Sollier-Christen, Tobias Wheeler, Yu Shrike Zhang.

Check the SLAS2017 Event Scheduler for details on each finalist. The final round of judging takes place at SLAS2017, Feb. 4-8 in Washington, DC. Pictured here is 2016 winner Shana Kelley.
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SLAS Journal Special Issues: Call for Papers
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Special issues of SLAS Discovery (formerly JBS) and SLAS Technology (formerly JALA) are hallmarks of editorial excellence, popular with readers and highly cited. Manuscript proposals (abstracts) for original research reports, reviews, perspectives and technical notes/technology briefs are now being accepted for special issues on these important topics:

Statistical Applications in Knowledge and Drug Discovery
Quantitative Imaging in Life Sciences and Biomedical Research
DNA-Encoded Chemical Library Technologies: Screening and Hit Identification
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Exhibitor Tutorials Extend Learning Opportunities at SLAS2017
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Nearly 40 SLAS2017 exhibitors have signed up to present 45-, 75- or 120-minute tutorial sessions on scientific topics related to their technology products and services. From PerkinElmer's "An End-To-End 3D Cell Culture Workflow: Grow, Read, Decide" to Color Genomics' "Using High-Throughput Automation to Democratize Access to Genetic Information," company scientists and engineers detail product capabilities to meet your scientific needs.

Access the SLAS2017 Event Scheduler for the tutorial list – Browse Full Schedule/Browse by Event Type/Select Exhibitor Tutorial. Exhibitor Tutorials are open to all attendees, including free exhibit only registrants.
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SLAS2017 Short Course Spotlight: Introduction to Flow Cytometry and Advanced Flow Cytometry
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Making its debut at SLAS2017, register for the Sunday morning introductory course for basic knowledge on the fundamentals and applications of flow cytometry across a range of life sciences applications. If you wish to expand your understanding of current technology and explore leading-edge applications, the Sunday afternoon section is for you. Both are taught by J. Paul Robinson of Purdue University (Lafayette, IN) and John P. Nolan of Scintillon Institute for Biomedical and Bioenergy Research (San Diego, CA). Robinson and Nolan were featured recently in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine.

Introduction to Flow Cytometry and Advanced Flow Cytometry are two of 20 Short Courses to be held at SLAS2017.
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SLAS On-Demand Library: Robust and Rewarding!
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Unlimited access to SLAS Webinars is just one of many valuable benefits to dues-paying members. Not yet a member? Join today. Recent additions to the library are:

Microengineered Culture Platforms for the Control of Cell-Cell Interactions
Elliot Hui, University of California, Irvine

Biospecimen Commons: A Tool for Encouraging Openness and Transparency in Biospecimen Sample Collection
Joseph Miceli, Biospecimen Commons

Compound Screening and Profiling in Cultured Human (3D) Tissues
Leo Price, OcellO
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SLAS Announces SLAS2017 On-Demand Presentations
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One podium presentation from each SLAS2017 scientific track is being recorded and made available as an on-demand webinar (audio and presentation slide synch) around-the-clock at SLAS.org following the conference.

Dues-paying SLAS members enjoy full ongoing access. SLAS2017 Full Conference attendees receive limited-time access through April 2017.
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US Should Pursue Controversial Geoengineering Research, Federal Scientists Say for First Time
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The U.S. government office that oversees federally funded climate research has recommended studies into two areas of geoengineering research, marking the first time scientists in the executive branch have formally called for studies in the controversial field. The move, part of a climate science planning report sent to Congress, will likely further normalize discussion of deliberate tinkering with the atmosphere to cool the planet, and of directly collecting carbon from the sky, both topics once verboten in the climate science community. More


New and More Precise CRISPR/Cas9 Technique Described
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Researchers at the Christiana Care Health System's Gene Editing Institute say they have developed a new system that allows them to not only repair damaged DNA within human cells, but also to determine when the DNA repair machinery has introduced unwanted genetic changes alongside, or instead of, the desired repair. A team led by Eric Kmiec, Ph.D., director of the Gene Editing Institute at the Helen F. Graham Cancer & Research Institute at Christiana Care, published its findings using a modified version of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technique in PLOS ONE. More


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Faster, Cheaper Methods to Synthesize Compounds Used in Drug Discovery
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Chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington are developing new methods to synthesize groups of chemical compounds to provide faster, less expensive routes to produce the compounds for subsequent use in medical drug discovery and development. The project focuses on compounds containing carbon-silicon bonds, which are called organosilanes or organosilanols. These molecules are in increasingly high demand for use in a variety of applications, including pharmaceutical and other medical-related activities. More


For Chemicals, Mega Is Out and Bio Is In
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Ramon Gonzalez sees flares burning methane from the stacks above Houston's refineries and thinks, "What a waste." He believes that methane represents an opportunity for biomanufacturing that should not be missed. The Rice University professor and director of its new Advanced Biomanufacturing Initiative, aka iBIO, already knows what an entire sector of the chemical manufacturing industry is beginning to realize: Waste methane can and should be turned into profit. More


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Drug Approval Timeline Same as 20 Years Ago
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Federal approval of new drugs in the U.S. takes about 12 years, roughly the same length of time as it did in the late 1990s, according to a report. In addition, drugmakers are getting fewer years of exclusivity out of their patents, a combination of factors that may help explain the rising price of drugs. "Companies that cannot quickly push their drugs through the pipeline get a return on their investment later, creating incentive to charge more to make up for lost time," according to STAT News, which partnered with QuintilesIMS Institute to produce the report. More


White House Attempts to Clarify, But Not Change, Genetic Engineering Regulations
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The Obama Administration's update of a decades-old policy for reviewing U.S. biotechnology products, including genetically modified foods, is perhaps most notable for what it leaves out: a call for new regulations or mention of new gene-editing technologies such as CRISPR. The revision for the first time sets down in a single document the roles and responsibilities of the three agencies involved in regulating products of biotechnology, says Robbie Barbero, assistant director for biological innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. More




Study Characterizes Key Molecular Tool in DNA Repair Enzymes
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New research has revealed the function of a widely shared enzyme component, the Zf-GRF domain, as a critical molecular tool necessary for manipulating DNA during repair processes. A living organism's DNA needs constant maintenance. Every cell is in a state of fierce siege, as plentiful reactive oxygen compounds and ions constantly assault and damage the cell's organic molecules, especially its DNA. Oxidative damage to DNA is estimated to occur 10,000 times per day per cell. More


Promising New Drug Stops Spread of Melanoma by 90 Percent
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Michigan State University researchers have discovered that a chemical compound, and potential new drug, reduces the spread of melanoma cells by up to 90 percent. The man-made, small-molecule drug compound goes after a gene's ability to produce RNA molecules and certain proteins in melanoma tumors. This gene activity, or transcription process, causes the disease to spread but the compound can shut it down. Up until now, few other compounds of this kind have been able to accomplish this. More


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