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SLAS and Laboratory Products Association to reveal purchasing trends
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SLAS2012 attendees wishing to better understand the dynamics of the laboratory and the laboratory products market are invited to a breakfast presentation on Monday, Feb. 6, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in room 16A of the convention center to hear results of the 2012 Laboratory Purchasing Trends Survey. Space is limited. RSVP immediately to Lauren Hefner, More


Welcome to the Neighborhood and you could win a $500 Amazon gift card!
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Visit the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood and enter for a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card. While you're there, read the latest features, post a comment, explore the editorial archives or send us a note on your job change or promotion for People Changing Places. Bookmark the site and return regularly as new info is added weekly. 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

Explore the SLAS2012 exhibition for free
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Unable to attend the full First Annual SLAS Conference and Exhibition, Feb. 4-8 in San Diego? SLAS makes it easy for you to at least spend a day experiencing the exhibit hall featuring 320 of the world's most innovative multinational companies, including eight elite, entrepreneurial start-up companies on Innovation AveNEW. Exhibits-only badges are free for Feb. 6 (10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.) and Feb. 7 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.). Register in advance of when you arrive at the convention center. 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"

JBS stem cell abstracts due today
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Just a few hours remain to submit abstracts for the JBS special issue on stem cells — (embryonic, iPS, cancer, mesenchymal and neural stem cells), self-renewal and differentiation, and regenerative medicine. The next special issue deadline is Feb. 15 for the JALA special issue on robotics for laboratory automation, screening and diagnostics. More


Free live streaming of two SLAS2012 sessions
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"Bridging the Valley of Death; How Can Academia and Pharma Best Work Together?" (Monday, Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. U.S. PST) and "Advances in High-Throughput Screening Technologies" (Monday, Feb. 6, 3-5 p.m. U.S. PST) are available in real time at Take a moment to read the ELN article covering the first live streaming session's topic. More

Excitement building for SLAS2012@Night
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The momentum that begins during scientific sessions continues with networking at night, and SLAS makes it fun for all. From Sunday's Super Bowl After-Party to the Monday Night Diamond Groove-a-Thon to the Tuesday Gaslamp Block Party Bash, enjoy the SLAS community at its finest. 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!
MaxCyte® VLX™ Large Scale Transfection System
The MaxCyte® VLX™ Large Scale Transfection System is specifically designed for extremely large volume transfection and is able to transfect up to 2E11 cells in less than 30 minutes with high cell viability and transfection efficiencies. This system is ideal for rapid, gram scale production of proteins and monoclonal antibodies.
Protect Your Automation with Alpillo® from ALPAQUA®
Alpillo® microplate cushions from ALPAQUA® are designed to enhance automated precision pipetting. Integrated spring technology allows for touch-off dispensing and complete aspiration of every microliter of precious samples and reagents from SBS standard microplates. Protect your instruments & consumables and eliminate troublesome tip crashes & head contamination - all while improving pipetting consistency.


A $25,000 challenge to make sense of genetic information
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Genome sequencing is poised to get even cheaper — perhaps costing as little as $1,000 by the end of the year, as the WSJ recently reported. But being able to bang out a patient's genome relatively inexpensively and quickly — Life Technologies says it expects to soon be able to deliver that information in a day — is only the starting point. 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

Standardization key to taking next-generation sequencing to the next level
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As next-generation sequencing moves into medicine, its widespread adoption means that sequencing machine manufacturers will require FDA approval to use these instruments in the clinical setting, and test manufacturers will need to adapt approved diagnostics to these platforms. Certain performance specifications will thus need to be established and used to ensure reliable test results. More


Sourcing beyond China and India
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If Western pharmaceutical chemical manufacturers are upbeat about anything these days, it is the return of some business lost to China and India. Recent quality and supply chain issues in Asia have helped U.S. and European active pharmaceutical ingredient firms get back on stage. But Western firms can't rest, because suppliers in several other countries are also vying for some time in the spotlight. More

Carbohydrate-monophosphoryl lipid A conjugates are fully synthetic self-adjuvanting cancer vaccines eliciting robust immune responses in mice
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Tumor-associated carbohydrate antigens are useful targets in the development of therapeutic cancer vaccines. However, a serious problem with them is the poor immunogenicity. To overcome the problem, a monophosphorylated derivative of Neisseria meningitidis lipid A was explored as a potential carrier molecule and built-in adjuvant for the construction of structurally defined fully synthetic glycoconjugate vaccines. More

Innovation³ from TTP Labtech

3 innovative products launched at SLAS Booth 914:

• arktic: compact automated biobanking
• aequus: non-contact liquid level monitoring
• mosquito HV: cost-saving serial dilutions.

Protein in the brain could be a key target in controlling Alzheimer's
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A protein recently discovered in the brain could play a key role in regulating the creation of amyloid beta, the major component of plaques implicated in the development of Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at Temple University. A group led by Domenico Pratico, professor of pharmacology and microbiology and immunology at Temple, discovered the presence of the protein, called 12/15-Lipoxygenase, in the brain three years ago. More

Chemists reveal how algae delete unwanted 'competitors'
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Every morning when the sun comes up, the ocean ground is radically cleaned. As soon as the first rays of sunlight find their way into the water, the microalgae "Nitzschia cf pellucida" start their deadly "morning hygiene." The algae, the size of only some few micrometers, wrap themselves and their surroundings in a highly toxic poison: cyanogen bromide, a chemical relative of hydrocyanic acid, although much more toxic. More


Adipose tissue-derived stem cell-seeded small intestinal submucosa for tunica albuginea grafting and reconstruction
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Porcine small intestinal submucosa has been widely used in tunica albuginea reconstructive surgery. Adipose tissue-derived stem cells can repair damaged tissue, augment cellular differentiation and stimulate release of multiple growth factors. The aim of this rat study was to assess the feasibility of seeding ADSCs onto SIS grafts for TA reconstruction. More

Catalytic turnover of [FeFe]-hydrogenase based on single-molecule imaging
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Hydrogenases catalyze the interconversion of protons and hydrogen according to the reversible reaction: 2H+ + 2e– H2 while using only the earth-abundant metals nickel and/or iron for catalysis. Due to their high activity for proton reduction and the technological significance of the H+/H2 half reaction, it is important to characterize the catalytic activity of [FeFe]-hydrogenases using both biochemical and electrochemical techniques. 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.

'Panic button' could help cancer defy drugs
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Stressed yeast cells frantically reshuffle their chromosomes in a desperate last bid to find a combination that survives. This "panic" response enables them to rapidly evolve resistance to drugs. The discovery might also apply to cancer, because cancer cells often have abnormal numbers and arrangements of chromosomes. Understanding one of the mechanisms by which cancers develop resistance to drugs could in turn open up new ways to combat cancer. More

Avastin's failure in breast cancer: New study may explain why it happened
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A new study may explain why the cancer drug Avastin hasn't worked in the treatment of breast cancer patients. Although the drug stops tumor growth for a short time, it often leads to more invasive tumors in the long run. The reason for this revved-up invasiveness, researchers concluded from experiments done in mice, is that drugs like Avastin increase the portion of a tumor made of breast cancer stem cells. More


Astronomers solve mystery of vanishing electrons in Earth's outer radiation belt
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UCLA researchers have explained the puzzling disappearing act of energetic electrons in Earth's outer radiation belt, using data collected from a fleet of orbiting spacecraft. In a paper published Jan. 29 in the advance online edition of the journal Nature Physics, the team shows that the missing electrons are swept away from the planet by a tide of solar wind particles during periods of heightened solar activity. More

Zapping testicles with ultrasonic pulses shown to be effective contraceptive
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An ultrasound zap to the testicles can stop the production of sperm, reducing overall sperm count to a level that would render males infertile, according to a new study involving rats. Further studies are still needed to test how long this new contraceptive method would last, and whether infertility could be reversed. But for the researchers studying rat and monkey testicles, the early results are pretty gratifying. 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
Choose the new Standard in Lab Automation - SiLA
How do you like straightforward integration and adaptation of systems at lower costs? Using SiLA the replacement cost of existing integrated devices is significantly reduced. System integrators have greater independence in the choice of devices and compatibility problems with device drivers are a thing of the past. infoteam knows how.

You want to know more? Contact infoteam Software! Visit us at LabAutomation in San Diego, Feb4-8, expo hall, Booth no. 232.
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


Director of the Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy
University of Pennsylvania
USA – PA – Philadelphia

Post-doctoral Position (Fellowship)
University of Oregon
USA – OR – Eugene

Team Member In Vitro Pharmacology
USA – NJ – Rahway

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EasyHandling: Cut Engineering Time, Costs
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Get your free automation consultation
Astech Projects launch new turnkey approach to automation at SLAS! Composed of four key steps – consultation & proposal, concept design study, proof of concept, and detailed design, manufacture and testing – Astech currently offers the initial consultation & proposal free of charge. Apply for yours today.







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Industry-renowned sample management software

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