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2012 SLAS Asia Conference poster submissions due June 4
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Abstracts on innovative techniques and technologies for possible poster presentation at the 2012 SLAS Asia Conference, June 19-21, Shanghai, China, are due by June 4, 2012 (May 21 to be included in final program). The conference theme is "Advances in Drug and Life Sciences R&D Through Laboratory Technology." Save with early-bird registration until April 23. More


SLAS2013 keynote speaker publishes again
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Mehmet Toner, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, has a new manuscript in Physics of Fluids. "Inertial focusing dynamics in spiral microchannels," with co-author Joseph M. Martel, details a comprehensive study of inertial focusing dynamics and particle behavior in low aspect ratio (h/w ∼ 1/1 to 1/8) spiral microchannels. More

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New SLAS ELN feature explores expanding role of biomarkers
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Leading minds in drug discovery and development recognize that strategic collaboration means more effective outcomes. Read the latest feature in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood. More

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SAVE THE DATE: Pittcon 2013 in Philadelphia, PA

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JALA April released
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Original reports include "SiLA: Basic Standards for Rapid Integration in Laboratory Automation," "A Practical Method for Patterning Lumens through ECM Hydrogels via Viscous Finger Patterning" and "A Low-Cost Automated Streaming Potential Measurement System." More

New book compiled by SLAS members
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SLAS members Mark Wigglesworth, GlaxoSmithKline and Terry Wood, formerly of Pfizer R&D, are editors of the recently released Management of Chemical and Biological Samples for Screening Applications, which is now featured in the SLAS ELN as the LabAutopedia Book of the Month. SLAS members contribute throughout the book's 19 chapters, beginning with the introduction written by SLAS members William P. Janzen, University of North Carolina, and Andy Zaayenga, HighRes Biosolutions. More



Chemistry's web of data expands
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Other areas of science feast on free online data, but chemistry has been late to the party. Now it is catching up. In the latest effort to provide free access to chemical information, the London-based company SureChem (owned by Digital Science, a sister company to Nature Publishing Group) said that it would release data on 10 million molecules patented by the pharmaceutical industry since 1976. More

Poster: Technology implementation for analysis of inhaled products
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SLAS 2012 exhibitor Astech Projects Ltd. released a poster detailing how bespoke analytical technology platforms in support of Dry Powder Inhaler testing have been implemented within the GlaxoSmithKline inhaled testing laboratories using a Quality by Design approach. In comparison to the manual procedures previously employed, Astech reports that the newly developed platforms increase throughput by substantially reducing the time taken to perform 100 samples and minimize analytical variability. More

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ALPAQUA® offers 24-well, 96-well & 384-well magnet plates with integrated spring technology for touch-off dispensing and complete supernatant removal while eliminating costly tip crashes and occlusions. Strong NdFeB magnets enable rapid, reliable bead capture and retention. Alpaqua magnet plates are SBS compliant and compatible with many liquid handlers, plate hotels & stackers.

Reliable method for characterizing polyfluorinated compounds
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Exeter Analytical has developed a reliable analytical method for accurately determining the percentage carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen content of polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs). PFCs are thermally and chemically stable and have soil, water and fat-repellent properties. A copy of application note 217 detailing the method is available from the company. More

Orientation-independent charge transport in single spherulites from solution-processed organic semiconductors
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Due to the rapidity of morphological development during deposition, solution-processed organic semiconductor thin films exist in semicrystalline or polycrystalline states, incorporating a high degree of local variations in molecular orientation compared to their single-crystal counterparts. Spherulites, a common crystalline superstructure found in these systems, for example, incorporate a large distribution of molecular orientations about the radial axis to maintain their space-filling growth habit. More

Whole-genome sequencing of healthy individuals provides limited risk prediction for common diseases
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Whole-genome sequencing of healthy individuals will likely only provide limited information about the risk of developing common diseases, and will not become a substitute for traditional medicine, according to a new study published in Science Translational Medicine. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University developed an algorithm to assess the ability of whole-genome sequencing of healthy individuals to provide clinically relevant information on 24 common diseases. More

Chemists for hire
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As of March 1, 4.6 percent of American Chemical Society members were unemployed, the highest level recorded since ACS began tracking employment in 1972, according to the society's Membership & Scientific Advancement Division. What's more, unemployment for ACS member chemists in 2011 climbed from 3.8 percent in 2010, whereas overall unemployment in the U.S. fell from 9.7 percent in 2010 to 8.8 percent in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. More

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Researcher finds connections between math, molecules and materials
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If anyone were going to discover the connections between molecular structures, mathematical concepts and musical scores, it's not surprising that Markus Buehler would be the one. He has built his career on bridging the connections between disparate disciplines, asking simple questions as an approach to understanding the world. Buehler grew up around engineering. More

Commonly used diabetes drug may help to prevent primary liver cancer
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Metformin, a drug widely used to treat Type II diabetes, may help to prevent primary liver cancer, researchers at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center report in the April 2012 issue of Cancer Prevention Research. Primary liver cancer, or hepatocellular carcinoma, is an often-deadly form of cancer that is on the rise worldwide and is the fastest-growing cause of cancer-related deaths among American men. More


Cancer stem cell vaccine in development shows antitumor effect
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Scientists may have discovered a new paradigm for immunotherapy against cancer by priming antibodies and T cells with cancer stem cells, according to a study published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. "This is a major breakthrough in immunotherapy research because we were able to use purified cancer stem cells to generate a vaccine, which strengthened the potency of antibodies and T cells that selectively targeted cancer stem cells," said Qiao Li, Ph.D. More

Search for new analgesics worth the pain given side effects of opioids
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A hundred years have passed "without having really a major new pain drug," according to Thomas Schnitzer, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Schnitzer made those comments to Nature Biotechnology in commenting on FDA's December 2010 decision to place a hold on most clinical trials involving therapies targeting nerve growth factor. More


A nanomechanical mass sensor with yoctogram resolution
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Nanomechanical resonators have been used to weigh cells, biomolecules and gas molecules, and to study basic phenomena in surface science, such as phase transitions and diffusion. These experiments all rely on the ability of nanomechanical mass sensors to resolve small masses. Here, we report mass sensing experiments with a resolution of 1.7 yg (1 yg = 10−24 g), which corresponds to the mass of one proton. More

Antibiotics may make you fat
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The trillions of bacteria that colonize our guts are in jeopardy. Overusing antibiotics has not only led to the development of dangerous superbugs, but has changed the bacteria that live inside us. Now evidence suggests that new gut floras may be responsible for our expanding waistlines. Antibiotic use has been rising for the past 70 years. They are now often prescribed as a precaution for illnesses when the cause has not been confirmed as a bacterial infection. More


Major taste loss in carnivorous mammals
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Mammalian sweet taste is primarily mediated by the type 1 taste receptor Tas1r2/Tas1r3, whereas Tas1r1/Tas1r3 act as the principal umami taste receptor. Bitter taste is mediated by a different group of G protein-coupled receptors, the Tas2rs, numbering 3 to ∼66, depending on the species. We showed previously that the behavioral indifference of cats toward sweet-tasting compounds can be explained by the pseudogenization of the Tas1r2 gene, which encodes the Tas1r2 receptor. More

Effective use of mass spectrometry for glycan and glycopeptide structural analysis
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Most proteins are glycosylated. Mass spectrometry methods are used for mapping glycoprotein glycosylation and detailed glycan structural determination. This technology enables precise characterization of recombinant glycoproteins in the pharmaceutical industry and academic biomedicine. More

Scientists: Humans used fire 1 million years ago
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Ash and charred bone, the earliest known evidence of controlled use of fire, reveal that human ancestors may have used fire a million years ago, a discovery that researchers say will shed light on this major turning point in human evolution. Scientists analyzed material from Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa, a massive cavern located near the edge of the Kalahari Desert. Previous excavations there had uncovered an extensive record of human occupation. More

RapidFire High-throughput Mass Spectrometry Systems

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Announcing Labcyte Consumables Website
Labcyte has introduced a new consumables website designed to be a one stop solution for Labcyte® consumables, from product research to purchase and fulfillment. The new website will allow you to:

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Medical Director/Group Medical Director Oncology/Immuno-Oncology
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Doctoral Internship
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Research Fellowship with Clinical Opportunity
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