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Foldit Taps Power of Videogames to Solve Complex Protein-Folding Puzzles
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Seth Cooper details the science (and fun!) behind Foldit in the latest SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine feature article. "Foldit isn't about knowing a lot of chemistry. It's more about the ability of the players to look at the structures and see how the pieces fit together," Cooper observes. "The game taps into their intuitive 3-D spatial skills—their ability to rotate chains of amino acids in cyberspace." More

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SLAS2014 needs YOU!
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The SLAS2014 Scientific Program Committee seeks abstract proposals for podium presentations at SLAS2014, Jan. 18-22, San Diego. Submit your work by Aug. 5 in one of seven tracks. One track, Bioanalytical Techniques, covers quantitative assessments of biological systems from compound activity to cellular phenotype. Possible topics include ADME pharmocokinetics, cytometry, forensics analysis, innovative separations, sample acquisition and preparation, and translation to clinical applications. More

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JBS Online features new manuscripts ahead-of-print
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"A Rapid Membrane Potential Assay to Monitor CFTR Function and Inhibition," "A Timetable Organizer for the Planning and Implementation of Screenings in Manual or Semi-Automation Mode" and "High-Throughput Screen for Pharmacoperones of the Vasopressin Type 2 Receptor" are among the new manuscripts available only to SLAS Biomolecular Sciences Section members ahead-of-print. More

Two SLAS Webinars from Effectively Managing Collaborative Science series now available on-demand
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"Lessons Learned in Pharma — CRO Collaboration in Discovery Research" presented by Jonathan Connick of Merck, and "R&D Partnership in Asia and Emerging Markets" led by Ajay Gautam of AstraZeneca are both available on-demand at SLAS.org. The webinars are free to SLAS dues-paid members. The final webinar in the series, "Effectively Managing Collaborative Science" with Liming Shi of Eli Lilly is being held today and will be posted soon. More

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The Market Place at SLAS.org — the ultimate online product directory
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The Market Place at SLAS.org offers access to new and existing laboratory science and technology products and services information customized for the SLAS audience. Search by company name, scientific discipline or product category. More

SLAS CEO speaks at international conference
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Gregory F. Dummer, C.A.E., will share insight on SLAS strategies related to membership development in China at the 2013 Association International Conference. The event is presented by the American Society of Association Executives, which represents more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners worldwide. More


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Rare disease treatment coming into the limelight
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One afternoon a week, usually on a Tuesday, a nurse arrives at the Elmwood Park, N.J., home of Jeff and Deena Leider to give their sons, Justin and Jason, their "muscle juice." On each visit, she carefully inspects a handful of vials, empties them into an intravenous bag, and calibrates a pump that will slowly dole out the bag's contents. Justin, who at 4 is the younger of the boys, is the first to be hoisted onto the kitchen counter. After taking off his shirt, he sits, swinging his legs and patiently waiting for his superpowers to be activated. More

Researchers develop synthetic HDL cholesterol nanoparticles
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Atherosclerosis, a buildup of cellular plaque in the arteries, remains one of the leading causes of death globally. While high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, the so-called good cholesterol, is transferred to the liver for processing, low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, builds up in the arteries in the form of plaque. Early detection of cellular components in the plaque that rupture and block arteries have long been held as potentially effective detection for heart diseases and their link to atherosclerosis. More

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Bilayer thickness mismatch controls domain size in model membranes
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The observation of lateral phase separation in lipid bilayers has received considerable attention, especially in connection to lipid raft phenomena in cells. It is widely accepted that rafts play a central role in cellular processes, notably signal transduction. While micrometer-sized domains are observed with some model membrane mixtures, rafts much smaller than 100 nm — beyond the reach of optical microscopy — are now thought to exist, both in vitro and in vivo. More

Nano-breakthrough: Solving the case of the herringbone crystal
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Leading nanoscientists created beautiful, tiled patterns with flat nanocrystals, but they were left with a mystery: Why did some sets of crystals arrange themselves in an alternating, herringbone style? To find out, they turned to experts in computer simulation at the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The result gives nanotechnology researchers a new tool for controlling how objects one-millionth the size of a grain of sand arrange themselves into useful materials — and a means to discover the rest of the tool chest. More


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What's missing from many health apps — medical expertise
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Many smartphone apps on the market offer tips, advice and treatments on how to deal with pain. But many are not backed by science or created with input from a medical professional. This was the finding of a team of researchers from Ohio State University led by Lorraine Wallace, PhD, that analyzed 222 pain-related smartphone apps available for Android, iPhone and Blackberry devices. Of the apps that researchers reviewed, a third had no input from a health care professional. More

Induced pluripotent stem cells: A U.S. patent landscape analysis
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Since their discovery in 2006, induced pluripotent stem cells have promised to revolutionize regenerative medicine and therapies. Similar to embryonic stem cells, iPSCs possess pluripotency but avoid the associated ethical issues. They are re-engineered from various cell types, and several new techniques recently have been developed for their creation. This article reviews the iPSC patent landscape in the United States to the end of identifying the key technologies and institutions that are leading research and development in the creation and use of this promising new technology. More



Finally: Robots learn what 'squishy' really means
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Humans use all sorts of bizarre, abstract terms to describe how objects feel, and it's endlessly frustrating to robots. Or at least, we imagine it must be. Take a word like "squishy," for example: how would you explain that feeling to a robot who experiences touch through some long series of numbers? Researchers at University of Pennsylvania's Haptics Group (part of the GRASP Lab) and UC Berkeley have developed a system to teach robots how these abstract terms apply to real-world objects. More

Young blood reverses heart decline in old mice
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Out with the old, in with the new. Pumping young blood around old bodies — at least in mice — can reverse cardiac hypertrophy — the thickening and swelling of the heart muscle that comes with age and is a major cause of heart failure. Previous studies have shown that an infusion of blood from young mice has rejuvenating effects on the brain of old mice, prompting new cell growth and reversing some of the effects of cognitive decline. More


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5 keys to successful research collaborations
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Goals, objectives and circumstances often dictate whether competition or collaboration will produce better results, faster. At the same time, academic groups working in the same disease or therapeutic area would benefit from collaboration rather than competition. Funding is competitive process and, obviously, the rewards for success don't have to be shared. On the other hand, many of these types of research programs are trying to figure out the same thing, answer the same questions and develop the same type of products. More

LRIG Mid Atlantic Chapter meets tomorrow
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The Laboratory Robotics Interest Group Mid Atlantic Chapter hosts the Nineteenth Annual Technology Exhibition & Presentations Thursday, May 16, from 4-8 p.m. ET in Somerset, N.J. More

Spontaneous gene mutations linked to kids' heart defects
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Mutations in genes that occur spontaneously may contribute to congenital heart disease in children, according to a new study. These mutations — which arise after conception, rather than being inherited from a parent — may contribute to about 10 percent of cases of congenital heart disease in children, the study said. Congenital heart disease is a group of heart defects (such as holes, or missing parts of the heart), and is the most common type of birth defect in the United States. More


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