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Meet 'The 2016 JALA Ten'
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"Each year, JALA seeks to highlight and honor the very best work of the year that will have a deep impact on how technology is used across a wide range of disciplines," says JALA Editor-in-Chief Edward Kai-Hua Chow, Ph.D., of the National University of Singapore. "While a number of areas of research will feel the impact of this year's JALA Ten, one highlight of the collection is the diverse ways in which the honorees have advanced biological molecule detection and established foundations for tomorrow's biosensors in life sciences research and medical diagnostics."

Read about the 10 honorees in the April 2016 issue of JALA.
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SLAS Europe Plans Four Events for 2016
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Serving life sciences discovery and technology professionals in Europe, SLAS is proud to present the following regional events:

April 12-13: SLAS Compound Management in Industry and Academia Conference (Berlin, Germany)
June 27-29: SLAS High-Content Screening Conference (Dresden, Germany)
Oct. 20-21: SLAS VIII Spanish Drug Discovery Network Meeting (Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Nov. 29-30: SLAS Translational Research Conference (Leuven, Belgium)
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SLAS ELN Reports: Putting the 'Special' in SLAS Journal Special Issues
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"Nowhere else in the literature will you find a more successful and strategic pairing than JALA and JBS," says SLAS President Richard Eglen. "Together, they address a wide spectrum of issues mission-critical to the global life sciences discovery and technology community."

Eglen highlights five upcoming SLAS journal special issues and invites submission of manuscript proposals in his SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine column. "Special issues are among the most widely read and highly cited of all papers published in SLAS journals," Eglen adds.
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On-Demand at SLAS.org: Droplet Microfluidics — Amphiphilic Nanoparticles as Droplet Stabilizers for High-Fidelity and Ultrahigh-Throughput Droplet Assays
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In her SLAS2016 Micro- and Nanotechnologies Track presentation, Sindy K.Y. Tang, Stanford University, USA, describes how droplet microfluidics has enabled a wide range of biochemical applications such as digital PCR and directed evolution of enzymes.

Her presentation focuses first on the design and synthesis of amphiphilic silica nanoparticles for the stabilization of aqueous drops in fluorinated oils for applications in droplet microfluidics. She then describes a high-throughput optofluidic droplet interrogation device capable of counting fluorescent drops at a throughput of 254,000 drops per second.

It is one of seven presentations recorded at SLAS2016 for convenient, on-demand viewing by SLAS dues-paid members and SLAS2016 full conference participants.
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SLAS-Supported FIRST Team Named FIRST Future Innovator Award Finalist
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A talented robotics team, Code Orange, designed the Worm Washer for the Cinquin Lab at the University of California, Irvine to assist with gene modification experiments essential to its cell regulation studies. Code Orange's system replaces a labor-intensive manual process, thereby saving countless researcher hours. The Worm Washer Code Orange team meets two other finalists at the FIRST Championship 2016, April 27-30, St. Louis, MO, with hopes of winning the grand prize.

"It is quite an honor for our students," says Marge Brannon, team parent volunteer. "Having their design on display at the championship event will be a great point of visibility for the use of robotics in laboratory research in front of the next generation of engineers and other STEM professionals! We are grateful to SLAS and SLAS mentor Elliot Hui for connecting us with the Cinquin lab."
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Protect Your Scholarly Identity
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Register now with ORCID to secure a unique identifier for yourself so editors, funding agencies, publishers and institutions can reliably recognize you in the same way that ISBNs, ISSNs and DOIs identify books and articles.

ORCID supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities to ensure your work is properly recognized. Once you have an ORCID ID, be sure to add it to your user profile in JALA SAGEtrack and JBS SAGEtrack. Registration is fast, free and easy.
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Researchers Create Living Cells Containing the Smallest Genome Yet
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Researchers are a step closer to figuring out the minimum number of genes required to sustain life. Clyde A. Hutchison III and J. Craig Venter of the J. Craig Venter Institute, in La Jolla, Calif., and coworkers have designed and synthesized the smallest bacterial genome yet known. The researchers started with a genome they'd first synthesized in 2010, which contained 900 genes from the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides. More


Side-Chain-Induced Rigid Backbone Organization of Polymer Semiconductors through Semifluoroalkyl Side Chains
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While high-mobility p-type conjugated polymers have been widely reported, high-mobility n-type conjugated polymers are still rare. In the present work, we designed semifluorinated alkyl side chains and introduced them into naphthalene diimide-based polymers. We found that the strong self-organization of these side chains induced a high degree of order in the attached polymer backbones by forming a superstructure composed of "backbone crystals" and "side-chain crystals." More


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Scientists Resurrect an Abandoned Drug, Find It Effective Against Human Viruses
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Viruses have proven to be wily foes. Attempts to fend off viruses causing even the common cold or flu have failed, and new viral outbreaks such as dengue, Ebola or Zika continue to elude drugs. Given these challenges, a group at Stanford is tackling the problem from a different angle: boosting the human body's ability to resist the virus rather than taking on the virus directly. This approach has paid off with a drug that, in cells in a lab dish at least, helps fight two disease-causing viruses and potentially many more. More


Scientists Develop an Assay to Find a Cure for Zika
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As reports of the Zika virus outbreak began to emerge from Brazil and portions of South and Central America, infectious disease researchers in the Drug Discovery labs of Southern Research were already taking steps to help combat its spread. On March 22, Southern Research announced the development of a unique antiviral assay — a test that can be used by researchers worldwide to detect the virus in infected cell cultures. More


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Devising an In Vitro Cell Surface Model
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Scientists have long been fascinated by the dichotomy that constitutes the cell surface: On one hand it is dynamically fluid, because it is dotted with diverse amounts of proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. Yet the cell surface also acts as a stalwart rampart against the extracellular environment — setting up checkpoints that selectively allow entrance to molecules the cell needs. A greater understanding of cell surface mechanics is critical for researchers to gain insight into daily cellular processes and how it can be exploited for disease intervention. More


Quantum Effects at Work in the World's Smelliest Superconductor
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New theoretical results, published online in the journal Nature, suggest that the quantum nature of hydrogen — meaning that it can behave like a particle or a wave — strongly affects the recently discovered hydrogen sulphur superconductor, a compound that when subjected to extremely high pressure, is the highest-temperature superconductor yet identified. This new step towards understanding the underlying physics of high temperature superconductivity may aid in the search for a room temperature superconductor. More


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Finding Funding for Rejected NIH Proposals
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Last year, just one in five grant proposals sent to the National Institutes of Health received funding. But thanks to a new pilot project launched at the beginning of the month by technology company Leidos Life Sciences, NIH grant applicants may have an easier way to reuse rejected proposals and find financing for their research elsewhere. The company outlined its project in a statement published in Science Translational Medicine. More


Law Enforcement Investigators Seek Out Private DNA Databases
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Investigators are broadening their DNA searches beyond government databases and demanding genetic information from companies that do ancestry research for their customers. Two major companies that research family lineage for fees around $200 say that over the last two years, they have received law enforcement demands for genetic information stored in their DNA databases. More


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