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SLAS Europe Announces 2018 Conference; Names Burkhard Schaefer Chair
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At SLAS2016, outgoing SLAS Europe Council Chair Emilio Diez announced that the first major SLAS Europe Conference and Exhibition will be held June 27-29, 2018, in Brussels, Belgium. Co-chairs for "SLAS Transforming Research" include Diez and new SLAS Board of Directors member Ian Shuttler. One additional co-chair and members of the scientific committee will be named soon. Scientific presentations will be organized within three educational tracks — Discovery; Technology; and Issues & Challenges.

Diez also welcomed incoming SLAS Europe Council members Philip Gribbon and Christian Parker, and 2016 chair Burkhard Schaeffer.


SLAS Membership News: Fellow Classification to Honor Service and Achievement
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A prestigious new membership category is being introduced in summer 2016 to honor individuals for volunteer service and educational contributions to the SLAS life sciences discovery and technology community. SLAS Fellow memberships will be by invitation only, and available solely to individuals who have maintained regular member status for multiple years and meet criteria in knowledge-sharing (e.g., conference presentations, journal manuscripts and more) and volunteer service.

In addition, new membership benefits are being introduced. Members can look forward to consolidated on-demand access to scientific posters from past SLAS conferences; more recordings of conference presentations including seven from SLAS2016 (coming by March 1!); and enhanced functionality in personal member profiles that will add practical networking value to the SLAS Member Directory. More information will become available later this spring.

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Welcome to Richard Eglen, New SLAS President
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Richard Eglen began his term as SLAS president at SLAS2016 in San Diego, where he welcomed three new members to the SLAS Board of Directors — Peter Grandsard, Ian Shuttler and Sabeth Verpoorte. "I have every confidence you will be great additions to the SLAS Board of Directors and will take your roles as stewards for our Society to heart."

He also thanked outgoing members Josh Bittker, Rich Ellson and Dean Ho. "I’m honored to have had the opportunity to work with them on your behalf, and look forward to continuing our friendships for many years to come," Eglen said.


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SLAS ELN Reports — Acoustic Droplet Ejection: Bringing Liquid Handling to a New Level
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"I like to work on projects and products that are revolutionary as opposed to evolutionary — things that drastically change what scientists can do," says Joe Olechno, Ph.D. of Labcyte Inc., a guest editor of the JALA Special Issue on Advancing Scientific Innovation with Acoustic Droplet Ejection. "So when I was asked 12 years ago to market an instrument that moves things with sound, and could really make a difference in the lab, I was intrigued and excited."

Read more in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine feature article and then read the 200-plus pages of peer-reviewed scientific reports in the new JALA Special Issue. The entire issue can be accessed for free courtesy of Labcyte. Plus, Labcyte has made free access available to the 2015 SLAS Innovation Award-winning presentation, "Novel Acoustic Loading of a Mass Spectrometer – Towards Next Generation High-Throughput MS Screening."


Congratulations to the 2016 SLAS Journal Achievement Award Honorees!
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2016 Readers Choice Awards — Reflecting popularity among readers throughout 2015.
Similarity Analysis of Spectra Obtained via Reflectance Spectrometry in Legal Medicine by Liudmila Belenki et al. of Germany (JALA)
Identification of Small-Molecule Frequent Hitters from AlphaScreen High-Throughput Screens by Kenji Schorpp et al. of Germany (JBS)

2016 Authors Choice Awards — Reflecting popularity among authors (citations) throughout 2015.
Single-Cell Printer: Automated, On Demand, and Label Free by Andre Gross et al. of Germany (JALA)
Are GPCRs Still a Source of New Targets? By Stephen L. Garland of the UK (JBS)

2016 Reviewer Excellence Awards — Reflecting review quality, timeliness and volunteer service to JALA and JBS in 2015.
Tan Boon Toh, National University of Singapore (JALA)
Pak Kin Wong, University of Arizona, USA (JALA)
Maureen Beresini, Genentech, USA (JBS)
Kentaro Hanada, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Japan (JBS)
Adam Shapiro, Entasis Therapeutics, USA (JBS)

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SLAS2016 5th Annual International Conference & Exhibition in San Diego Ends Today
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The Jan. 23-27 event attracted a global audience of scientists, innovators, researchers, academics and students, engineers, informatics specialists and business leaders to exchange new information, ideas and insight about life sciences discovery and technology. SLAS delivered a robust, peer-selected lineup of 130-plus scientific sessions; a showcase of innovative new technologies from 320 multinational companies; community-building lunches, receptions, the blow-out Tuesday Night Celebration at the USS Midway Museum; and more.

Watch for the announcement of the 2016 SLAS Innovation Award winner, who will be named today following the closing keynote presentation by Adam Diedrich Steltzner. Missed SLAS2016? Mark your calendar to attend SLAS2017 from January 23-27 in San Diego, California.


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Scientists Shed New Light on Workings of Genetic Regulation
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A team of scientists has uncovered greater intricacy in protein signaling than was previously understood, shedding new light on the nature of genetic production. Christine Vogel, one of the study's senior authors, explains that "to make a protein, we need to make a messenger RNA molecule from the gene encoded in the DNA, and then, in a second process, make proteins from these RNA molecules. Both processes are highly regulated and coupled." More

Improving CRISPR's Cut-and-Paste Functionality
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The potential of genome editing has ignited a firestorm of novel ideas for the clinical application of technology for treating genetic diseases. However, the efficiency of the CRISPR-Cas9 system can often be low with respect to replacing the newly excised DNA strand with a nascent, unmutated copy. This has led many scientists to tweak the gene editing technique in order to enhance the sequence replacement steps. More

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Science Journal Issues Expression of Concern Over Chemistry Paper    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The journal Science has published an "editorial expression of concern" by its editor-in-chief, Marcia McNutt, regarding a research paper the journal published back in 2004. The paper titled "RNA-Mediated Metal-Metal Bond Formation in the Synthesis of Hexagonal Palladium Nanoparticles" by Bruce Eaton and Daniel Feldheim, chemists at North Carolina State University, and grad student Lina Gugliotti was partially discredited after a colleague filed a complaint challenging the work. More

Scientists Discover Method to Potentially Repair Nerve Damage
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Nerve damage from neurodegenerative disease and spinal cord injury has largely been considered irreversible, but Dartmouth researchers report progress in the effort to synthesize rare natural products that promote regeneration and growth of injured nerve cells. Neurotrophins, or proteins that promote the development of neurons, have been investigated as potential therapeutic agents, but they have a variety of drawbacks. More


Weaving of Organic Threads Into a Crystalline Covalent Organic Framework
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A three-dimensional covalent organic framework (COF-505) constructed from helical organic threads, designed to be mutually weaving at regular intervals, has been synthesized by imine condensation reactions of aldehyde functionalized copper(I)-bisphenanthroline tetrafluoroborate, Cu(PDB)2(BF4), and benzidine (BZ). More

Pharma Contract Manufacturers Pursue Quantity and Quality
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In 2004, drug giant Pfizer ran 80 manufacturing sites. By 2014, as its product volumes dropped and cost-cutting ensued, that number had fallen to 55, even after a megamerger with Wyeth. With its 2015 acquisition of Hospira and ongoing deal for Allergan, Pfizer is likely to consolidate further. And it isn't alone. After two banner years for mergers and acquisitions, pharma industry outsourcing to contract manufacturing organizations is increasing. More

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Are We Ready for a Blood Test for Cancer?
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