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SLAS ELN to award $500 Amazon gift card
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Visit the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood (ELN) and sign up for a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card in the Welcome to the Neighborhood sweepstakes. You have until 5 p.m. U.S. central time on Friday, March 30 to enter this random drawing. While you are "in the neighborhood," read the latest stories by and for people who make the laboratory science and technology community exciting. More

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Short course on scientific publishing offered
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2012 SLAS Asia Conference registered attendees are invited to a FREE short course presented by Jianzhong (Jeff) Xi, Ph.D., accomplished author and professor at Peking University's Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the SLAS publishing leadership team. Learn how to overcome common obstacles to success in the full-day course entitled, "What Editors Want: An Author Guide to Publishing in Scientific Journals." More



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ELN: Coming to a lab near you ... open source technology
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"I estimate that 60 percent of all laboratory equipment and software already contain open source architecture or open source code," states SLAS member and Journal of Laboratory Automation Editorial Board member Neil Benn, M.Sc., co-founder and CEO of Ziath Ltd. "A lot of our products make use of open source technology. It is a building block to what we do. It cuts down the amount of time you need before you can create something." More


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$10,000 SLAS Innovation Award winner to speak at Asia conference
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Dan Dongeun Huh, Harvard University, Boston, will present "A Human Breathing Lung-on-a-Chip for Drug Screening and Nanotoxicology Applications" at the 2012 SLAS Asia Conference, June 19-21 in Shanghai, China. Registration is open. More

SLAS2013 keynote speaker on Huntington's disease
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Emmy-Award winning television journalist Charles Sabine presents "A Perspective on Living with Huntington's Disease" at SLAS2013, Jan. 12-16 in Orlando, Fla. Watch a moving video where he shares his personal journey with the disease, how it has affected his family and the joy he has found in his daughter. More

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JALA Online offers new scientific manuscripts
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"Concept and Validation of a Fully Automated Photocatalytic Test Setup" is one of the manuscripts recently posted to JALA Online. Delve into this and many additional articles available to SLAS members. More

SLAS LinkedIn — an active community at your fingertips
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SLAS LinkedIn is approaching 3,000 members — maybe that milestone member will be you? Recent community discussions have addressed cell-based assays mapping a new pathway for TNFa and TNFR1 in cancer cells, the NIH Alzheimer's initiative to fund small business biomarker studies and a request for comments on automated liquid handling. In addition, SLAS regularly posts information on Society activities. More


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Stem cells hint at potential treatment for Huntington's disease
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Huntington's disease, the debilitating congenital neurological disorder that progressively robs patients of muscle coordination and cognitive ability, is a condition without effective treatment, a slow death sentence. But if researchers can build on new research reported in the journal Cell Stem Cell, a special type of brain cell forged from stem cells could help restore the muscle coordination deficits that cause the uncontrollable spasms characteristic of the disease. More

Rational design of materials with extreme negative compressibility
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We show that KMn[Ag(CN)2]3 exhibits the strongest negative linear compressibility (NLC) effect over the largest pressure range yet observed. Variable pressure neutron powder diffraction measurements reveal that its crystal lattice expands along the c axis of its trigonal cell under increasing hydrostatic pressure, while contracting along the a axis. More



Cell-signaling pathway plays key role in development of gestational diabetes
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Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have identified a cell-signaling pathway that plays a key role in increasing insulin secretion during pregnancy and, when blocked, leads to the development of gestational diabetes. Their findings are available online in Diabetes, one of the journals of the American Diabetes Association. More

2'-azido RNA, a versatile tool for chemical biology: Synthesis, x-ray structure, siRNA applications, click labeling
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Chemical modification can significantly enrich the structural and functional repertoire of ribonucleic acids and endow them with new outstanding properties. Here, we report the syntheses of novel 2′-azido cytidine and 2′-azido guanosine building blocks and demonstrate their efficient site-specific incorporation into RNA by mastering the synthetic challenge of using phosphoramidite chemistry in the presence of azido groups. More


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New antibiotic could make food safer and cows healthier
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Food-borne diseases might soon have another warrior to contend with, thanks to a new molecule discovered by chemists at the University of Illinois. The new antibiotic, an analog of the widely used food preservative nisin, also has potential to be a boon to the dairy industry as a treatment for bovine mastitis. More

Surprise: Protons bypass hydrogen bonds but still change molecules
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When a proton — the bare nucleus of a hydrogen atom — transfers from one molecule to another, or moves within a molecule, the result is a hydrogen bond, in which the proton and another atom like nitrogen or oxygen share electrons. Conventional wisdom has it that proton transfers can only happen using hydrogen bonds as conduits, "proton wires" of hydrogen-bonded networks that can connect and reconnect to alter molecular properties. More

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Genetic variation in human gut viruses could be raw material for inner evolution
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A growing body of evidence underscores the importance of human gut bacteria in modulating human health, metabolism and disease. Yet bacteria are only part of the story. Viruses that infect those bacteria also shape who we are. Frederic D. Bushman, PhD, professor of Microbiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, led a study that sequenced the DNA of viruses — the virome — present in the gut of healthy people. More

The maximum rate of mammal evolution
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How fast can a mammal evolve from the size of a mouse to the size of an elephant? Achieving such a large transformation calls for major biological reorganization. Thus, the speed at which this occurs has important implications for extensive faunal changes, including adaptive radiations and recovery from mass extinctions. To quantify the pace of large-scale evolution we developed a metric, clade maximum rate, which represents the maximum evolutionary rate of a trait within a clade. More

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Cautious outlook for instruments
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Executives at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry & Applied Spectroscopy said they are taking a cautious approach to 2012 after improvements in sales and profits in 2011. Thermo Fisher Scientific CEO Marc N. Casper pointed to "world economic uncertainty" that could restrain U.S. and European government budgets and affect 2012 sales to academic customers. More

Armed with peptides, drug developers aim for tumors
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Cancer drug development is a classic good news, bad news story. The good news is that scientists have developed hundreds of compounds that can kill tumor cells very efficiently. The bad news is that most of those compounds are almost as good at killing healthy cells. As a result, modern oncology is a tricky balancing act, striving to kill the tumor without killing the patient. It often fails. More

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'Designer electrons' can be custom-made for future devices
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Researchers at Stanford and the DOE's SLAC National Accelerator Lab have created a new kind of graphene that promises the first-ever "designer electrons" that can be custom tuned to exhibit exotic properties. This "molecular graphene" could lead to whole new types of materials with new electrical properties, which in turn could spawn whole new kinds of devices. More

Is 'pink slime' being unfairly demonized?
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"Pink slime" may be off the menu for many U.S. school children after the U.S. Department of Agriculture yielded to a petition demanding the withdrawal of the meat product from the school menu. However, the beef industry, the company that makes the product and campaigners against food contamination have fiercely defended the safety and value of the product, officially called "lean finely textured beef." More


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