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SLAS President announces A New Worldview
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"Almost one-third of the Society's members are based in Europe," says SLAS President Jeff Paslay in his column in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine. "With a strong SLAS presence established in North America and Asia, the Board feels it is time to re-engage our European constituents at a higher level. The expert resources, education and peer-to-peer networking that SLAS provides is certainly of high value and immediately applicable to laboratory professionals, researchers, technologists and academics in Europe." More

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Ying Yang:
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What does a German-language undergrad with an MBA have in common with a drug discovery scientist? Venturing into the unknown, says Ying Yang. She is building her career by exploring new frontiers with talented scientists and turning their discoveries into practical, profitable applications. Yang is the latest member featured in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine. More

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Two SLAS2013 sessions available for free
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Dr. Mehmet Toner's keynote address, "Bioengineering and Clinical Applications of the Circulating Tumor Cell Microchip" and "HTS and Early Drug Discovery in Industry and Academia. Collaboration: Is the Sum Greater Than The Two Parts?" panel discussion with Jonathan O'Connell, BMS; Ricardo Macarron, GSK; Peter Hodder, Scripps; Martyn Banks, BMS; and Barbara Slusher, Johns Hopkins, are now available for free to SLAS members and nonmembers at SLAS On Demand 365/24/7. More


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LabAutopedia Video of the Month: SLAS2013 Sights and Sounds
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The SLAS scientific wiki, LabAutopedia, is a treasure trove of laboratory science and technology knowledge compiled and updated by an online community of volunteers. Visit today to enjoy the SLAS2013 Sights and Sounds video. More

SLAS2014 welcomes Radiolab hosts as keynote speakers
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"Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience." SLAS2014 features Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich as keynote speakers, Jan. 18-22, 2014, San Diego, Calif. More


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Scientists notch a win in war against antibiotic-resistant bacteria
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A team of scientists just won a battle in the war against antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" — and only time will tell if their feat is akin to the bacterial "Battle of Gettysburg" that turns the tide toward victory. They won this particular battle, or at least gained some critical intelligence, not by designing a new antibiotic, but by interfering with the metabolism of the bacterial "bugs" and rendering them weaker in the face of existing antibiotics. More

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Arsenic-based life paper: peer review process comes to light
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Now public — the peer review exchange for the controversial (and now disproved) 2010 paper that claimed a bacterium weaved arsenic into its DNA and biomolecules. USA Today reporter Dan Vergano and the paper's investigative team obtained the reviewer comments from NASA through a Freedom of Information Act request. Scientists and journalists had heated discussions about what to take away from the new information. More



One of the key circuits in regulating genes involved in producing blood stem cells is deciphered
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Researchers from the group on stem cells and cancer at IMIM have deciphered one of the gene regulation circuits which would make it possible to generate hematopoietic blood cells, i.e. blood tissue stem cells. This finding is essential to generate these cells in a laboratory in the future, a therapy that could benefit patients with leukemia or other diseases who need a transplant and who, in many cases, do not have a compatible donor. More


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Optical methods for single molecule detection and analysis
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As analytical chemists, the highest resolution measurement one can make is at the single molecule level; it just does not get any better than that. To determine the concentration of a molecule in solution, the best way is to count the number of molecules in a given volume. As long as the volume contains a statistically large enough number of molecules and is above the Poisson noise limit, molecular counting is the most accurate way to make a measurement. More

Physicists create crystals that are nearly alive
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The best way to understand something — such as life — is to build it yourself. That's why, determined to understand the way groups move, a team of New York University physicists set out to create particles that could imitate the way flocks of birds, schools of fish and even colonies of bacteria organize and move together. What they ended up with were two-dimensional "living crystals" that form, break, explode and re-form themselves. More

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Could the humble sea urchin hold the key to carbon capture?
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A chance discovery that sea urchins use Nickel ions to harness carbon dioxide from the sea to grow their exoskeleton could be the key to capturing tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. Experts at Newcastle University, U.K., have discovered that in the presence of a Nickel catalyst, CO2 can be converted rapidly and cheaply into the harmless, solid mineral, calcium or magnesium carbonate. More

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Need an organ? Just print some stem cells in 3-D
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Printing blobs of human embryonic stem cells is the latest step towards being able to grow organs on demand. Researchers had already used inkjet printers to print out 2-D cultures of living cells. But printing blobs of cells rather than flat sheets is closer to real tissue. Human embryonic stem cells are pluripotent, which means they are capable of becoming a cell in any type of tissue, making them attractive to those who are trying to grow new organs. More

Discovery in synthetic biology takes us a step closer to new 'industrial revolution'
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Scientists report that they have developed a method that cuts down the time it takes to make new "parts" for microscopic biological factories from two days to only six hours. The scientists, from Imperial College London, say their research brings them another step closer to a new kind of industrial revolution, where parts for these biological factories could be mass-produced. More


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