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New at JALA: Nanomedicine for Global Health
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A collaborative team from the University of California, Los Angeles and National University of Singapore "discuss the potential advantages that the nanomedicine field may harness toward successful implementation against some of the major diseases of our generation."

Led by JALA Editor-in-Chief Dean Ho, Ph.D., and JALA Deputy Editor-in-Chief Edward K. Chow, Ph.D., this review points to studies showing how nanotechnology can be used to increase efficacy and safety of treatment compared with conventional approaches, and outlines the challenges still to be overcome.

The article is free to SLAS Laboratory Automation Section members and JALA subscribers.
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SLAS ELN Reports: Rich Ellson — Adventures in a Brave New World
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In 2003, SLAS Board of Directors member Richard Ellson gave a podium presentation on liquid dispensing technology at a Society for Biomolecular Sciences conference. Over the course of the next 10 years, after Ellson developed the technology for commercial use at Labcyte, he listened as other scientists presented research utilizing his technology in new areas.

Ellson was delighted to see how adventurous scientists took advantage of the technology he helped pioneer. Read about Ellson's interesting career and life in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine.
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Donald Ingber: Next Step is to Link Organs-on-a-Chip Together
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"It does blow my mind actually," states Donald Ingber, director of the Wyss Institute and SLAS2015 keynote speaker. "It's actually hard to believe the fidelity of recapitulation in terms of what these [organs] look like on these chips versus what they look like in people."

Ingber explained the Institute's organ-on-a-chip innovations on Australia's ABC News radio program, PM. The segment was titled "Micro-chips Could Be the New Petri Dish."
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JBS Special Issue Call for Manuscript Proposals: Screening by RNAi and Precise Genome Editing Technologies
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Guest Editors Marc Bickle, Ph.D.; Hakim Djaballah, Ph.D.; and Lorenz M. Mayr, Ph.D., invite manuscript proposals by Sept. 1.

This issue will include research papers, reviews and perspective articles related to all aspects of commercially available RNAi libraries and related platforms, process development and validation for RNAi screening, screening data analysis and bioinformatic filtering, use of genome editing tools such as ZFN, TALENS and CRISPR for hit validation and phenotype confirmation in multiple cell models, and target validation for drug discovery.

SLAS members and nonmembers alike are welcome to submit proposals.
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SLAS2015 Podium Abstract Submissions Due July 28
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Join your peers at the intersection of science and technology and submit your achievements for scientific program consideration. Tracks include:
  • Assay Development and Screening
  • Automation and High-Throughput Technologies
  • Bioanalytical Techniques
  • Biomarker Development and Applications
  • Drug Target Strategies
  • Informatics
  • Micro/Nano Technologies
Be sure to note your interest in the Tony B. Academic Travel Award and/or the SLAS Innovation Award programs if appropriate.
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Now Available On Demand: Protein-Protein Interactions as Small Molecule Drug Targets Webinars
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All three of the highly rated SLAS Webinars in this series now are available FREE to SLAS dues-paid members. Review the complete list of all SLAS Webinars now available on demand and addressing topics like phenotypic drug discovery, R&D partnerships in Asia, data management and more. More


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    Research Management — A Question of Balance?
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    Is "research management" an oxymoron? A concept that pits researchers against administrators and threatens to kill the goose that lays the golden egg? Or is it a realistic response to a world in which national wealth is based on knowledge production and the ability to effectively participate in global market networks? Increasingly, it is the latter: research management throughout the world has become far more professionalized and specialized, with greater emphasis on strategic research planning and research accountability. More

    Hyphenating Atomic Force Microscopy
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    Atomic force microscopy can be readily combined with complementary instrumental techniques ranging from optical to mass-sensitive methods. This feature highlights recent advances on hyphenated AFM technology, which enables localized studies and mapping of complementary information at surfaces and interfaces. More

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    Understanding Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients
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    Active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) is the term used to refer to the biologically active component of a drug product (e.g. tablet, capsule). Drug products are usually composed of several components. The aforementioned API is the primary ingredient. Other ingredients are commonly known as "excipients" and these substances are always required to be biologically safe, often making up a variable fraction of the drug product. More

    Top 10 Biotech Jobs Most in Demand over the Next Decade
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    Last year was rough for U.S. biopharma employment. As GEN has reported, the industry announced more than 22,000 layoffs during 2013, according to Challenger Gray & Christmas, 57 percent more than in 2012. The next few years don't appear to be much easier, as biopharma continues to absorb blows that include rising healthcare reform costs, continued economic weakness and patent-cliff losses. More


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    Stem Cell Scientist Agrees to Retraction
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    Japanese scientist Haruko Obokata, who is accused of fabricating stem cell research, has agreed to retract the papers she published describing her work, according to news reports. The two papers, published in January in the journal Nature, described a new way to turn mouse blood cells into stem cells, which are cells that have the ability to become any type of tissue, by bathing the cells in acid. The researchers called the technique stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency, or STAP. More

    Humans and Corals are Closer than You Think
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    San Diego State University researchers have discovered that humans and corals, two species about as different as you can get, share a 500-million-year-old biomechanical pathway responsible for triggering cellular self-destruction. The scientists say their finding may help biologists to advance their understanding of the early evolution of multicellular life, conservationists to better understand the plight of modern corals, and medical researchers to develop new drugs to fight diseases like cancer. More



    Complex Carbohydrates
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    Carbohydrates are ubiquitous. They densely carpet cell surfaces. They are the main component of the extracellular matrix that surrounds cells. They are involved in many aspects of cell-cell ­communication. Glycans, a type of carbohydrate, are "the first thing a signaling molecule encounters when it contacts a cell," says Robert J. Linhardt, a biochemist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who studies carbohydrate structure and function. More

    Carbon-Capture Breakthrough: Recyclable Material Absorbs 82 Percent of Its Weight in Carbon Dioxide
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    Rice University scientists have created an Earth-friendly way to separate carbon dioxide from natural gas at wellheads. A porous material invented by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour sequesters carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, at ambient temperature with pressure provided by the wellhead and lets it go once the pressure is released. The material shows promise to replace more costly and energy-intensive processes. More

    Three Gene Networks Discovered in Autism
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    A large new analysis of DNA from thousands of patients has uncovered several underlying gene networks with potentially important roles in autism. These networks may offer attractive targets for developing new autism drugs or repurposing existing drugs that act on components of the networks. Furthermore, one of the autism-related gene pathways also affects some patients with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and schizophrenia — raising the possibility that a class of drugs may treat particular subsets of all three neurological disorders. More


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