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New SLAS Special Interest Group: Automated Sample Preparation of Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms (Membership is FREE)
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Automated Sample Preparation of Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms joins the SLAS Special Interest Group (SIG) lineup. This new SIG is chaired by Brian Kozlowski of Merck and Khanh Ha of Bristol-Myers Squibb and was formed to exchange information and ideas about current and future automation platforms used in sample preparation of pharmaceutical dosage forms (tablets, capsules, injectables, blends) for a variety of tests conducted in the industry.

Kozlowski and Ha invite you to join the discussion on the SLAS LinkedIn subgroup, and attend the in person meeting of this SIG at SLAS2015 in February.
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Three SLAS Short Courses and Author Workshop Set for ELRIG Drug Discovery 2014
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SLAS will present the following short courses: Introduction to Laboratory Automation; High Content Screening: Instrumentation, Assay Development, Screening, Image and Data Analysis; and Establishing Cell-Based Assays and Implementing 3D Culture Models for Screening and Drug Testing at Drug Discovery 2014, Sept. 1, in Manchester, UK.

In addition, JBS Reviews Editor Peter Simpson will conduct an SLAS Author Workshop entitled “What Editors Want: How to Get Your Work Published.”
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Wyss Unveils Bone Marrow-on-a-Chip
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SLAS2015 keynote speaker and Wyss Institute Founding Director Donald E. Ingber's group published its latest organ-on-a-chip update last week. This innovation reproduces the structure, functions and cellular makeup of bone marrow.

"Bone marrow is an incredibly complex organ that is responsible for producing all of the blood cell types of our body, and our bone marrow chips are able to recapitulate this complexity in its entirety and maintain it in a functional form in vitro," says Ingber.

Watch the video, The Making of Bone Marrow-on-a-Chip.
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Code Orange FIRST Team Successful at World Championships
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A recent recipient of an SLAS FIRST Team Grant, Code Orange of Dana Point, CA, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIRST Championship, where it earned the Excellence in Engineering Award after being bumped from competition by the eventual contest champions.

“I am thrilled to report that our team was awarded the Excellence in Engineering Award,” says Marge Brannon, team volunteer. “The opportunity to attend the championship is a life-altering event that will be indelibly marked in the memories of our students.”

See more photos on SLAS Facebook. SLAS member Elliot Hui is a mentor for this energetic team.
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LabAutopedia Book of the Month — Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation
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This book "was by turns a fascinating and horrifying story for me to read in very personal ways," says Andy Zaayenga in his SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine review.

"I was born and lived in Freehold, New Jersey; a couple of towns over from bucolic Toms River. We bought our first house there and started our family, around the same time that families in Toms River began to report elevated instances of extremely rare cancers in their children."
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    Forcing Change in Forensic Science
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    Five years ago, the National Academy of Sciences put out a report condemning the state of forensic science. It concluded that many common forensic techniques — the analysis of fingerprints, bite marks, blood splatter, and ballistics, for example — lack sufficient scientific underpinnings. Thousands of convictions were thrown into question. But in the years since, little has been done to shore up the discipline's scientific base or to make sure that its methods don't result in wrongful convictions. More

    A Catalytic Enantiotopic-Group-Selective Suzuki Reaction for the Construction of Chiral Organoboronates
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    Catalytic enantiotopic-group-selective cross-couplings of achiral geminal bis(pinacolboronates) provide a route for the construction of nonracemic chiral organoboronates. In the presence of a chiral monodentate taddol-derived phosphoramidite ligand, these reactions occur with high levels of asymmetric induction. More

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    Mastering Chemical Recipes to Make New Materials
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    Mircea Dincă playfully describes his very serious work making new materials in MIT's Department of Chemistry much like being a kid mixing and matching Legos. A self-described molecular engineer, Dincă assembles new materials from a variety of inorganic and organic building blocks, all carefully chosen to impart properties leading to a desired activity or function. More

    Extended-Nanofluidics: Fundamental Technologies, Unique Liquid Properties, and Application in Chemical and Bio Analysis Methods and Devices
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    Engineering using liquids confined in channels 10−1000 nm in dimension, or "extended-nanofluidics," is the next target of microfluidic science. Liquid properties at this scale were unrevealed until recently because of the lack of fundamental technologies for investigating these ultrasmall spaces. In this article, the fundamental technologies are reviewed, and the emerging science and technology in the extended-nanospace are discussed. More


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    Graphene and Painkiller Receptor Combined into Scalable Chemical Sensor
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    Researchers have created an artificial chemical sensor based on one of the human body's most important receptors, one that is critical in the action of painkillers and anesthetics. In these devices, the receptors' activation produces an electrical response rather than a biochemical one, allowing that response to be read out by a computer. More

    3-D Shape of Genome Could Diagnose Leukemia Type
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    When someone has leukemia, differences in how their genome is folded up into the nucleus of their cells can reveal what form of the cancer they have. The finding — the first time that the 3-D structure of a cell's genome has accurately identified human disease — could lead to a better way to predict the course of the disease. More



    Biodiversity a Benefit for Brain Research
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    A lesser-known benefit of biodiversity is that it supplies raw materials for development of new scientific tools — including tools that ultimately benefit our health. For example, two unlikely microbes (which don't even have brains) helped spawn a new field that is revolutionizing brain science. Optogenetics enables scientists to selectively turn on and off target neurons. More

    Genetic Marker Linked to OCD
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    A group of researchers led by Johns Hopkins scientists say they have identified a genetic marker that may be associated with the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder, the causes and mechanisms of which are some of the least understood among mental illnesses. The results of the research are described online in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. More


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