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SLAS Journals Achieve Significant Impact Factor Gains
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Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports announced 2014 impact factors last week, and both SLAS journals achieved important increases in their impact factors and category rankings.
  • The Journal of Biomolecular Screening (JBS) earned a new impact factor of 2.423, and elevated rankings in the Analytical Chemistry category (26 of 74); Biochemical Research Methods category (38 of 79); and Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology category (66 of 102)
  • The Journal of Laboratory Automation (JALA) earned a new impact factor of 1.879, and elevated rankings in the Analytical Chemistry category (41 of 74); and Biochemical Research Methods category (50 of 79)
Both JALA and JBS accept previously unpublished original research and review manuscripts on an ongoing basis from SLAS members and nonmembers.
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SLAS2016 Hotel and Travel Information Now Available
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SLAS2016 has negotiated discounted rates with two of San Diego's premier convention hotels — the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront — for SLAS2016 participants. Complete information can be found at SLAS2016.org.

The website also has details on special SLAS2016 discounted rates for air travel, airport transportation, car rentals and San Diego Convention Center parking. SLAS2016, the 5th International Conference and Exhibition, will be held Jan. 23-27, 2016.
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SLAS ELN Reports: The Lab Man Interviews SLAS Board Members Michele Cleary and Sue Lunte
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At SLAS2015, The Lab Man spoke with Michele Cleary and Sue Lunte, who began their three-year terms on the SLAS Board of Directors at that meeting. The new board members talk about their scientific and SLAS backgrounds, as well as hopes for the Society going forward.

"I feel there is a collective expertise in this community," said Cleary. Through SLAS "you see collaborations springing up; the right people tend to come together to share resources and expertise."
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Free Access to the 2015 SLAS Innovation Award Winning Presentation Ends June 30
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Tuesday, June 30, is the last day that SLAS nonmembers will be able to watch Novel Acoustic Loading of a Mass Spectrometer — Towards Next Generation High-Throughput MS Screening by Jonathan Wingfield of AstraZeneca.

This recording is one of 10 high-profile SLAS2015 presentations available on-demand at SLAS.org. Dues-paying SLAS members receive unlimited access to these presentations and the entire SLAS Webinar archive, including the recently completed Spring Webinar Series on circulating tumor cells, the HELM standard and how to improve success rates in drug discovery. Not yet a member? Join today.
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SLAS Special Interest Group Meeting Times Set for SLAS2016
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SIG meetings are your opportunity to gather with others who share your interest in specific topics, such as drug repurposing, academic drug discovery and stem cells. A detailed schedule of SIG meetings taking place at SLAS2016, as well as meeting abstracts, will be announced in September 2015 for these timeframes.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016; 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016; 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016; Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Check SLAS.org for a full list of SIGs and SIG chairs. 
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Five Reasons to Visit JALA and JBS Online Today
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JALA and JBS offer essential ways to navigate the ever-increasing volume of peer-reviewed research for life sciences R&D professionals. Visit these rich resources regularly to:
  1. Find answers, ideas and inspiration by searching the scientific archives of JALA, JBS and other SAGE journals with keywords and author names. Save searches and/or sign up to receive custom search alerts via e-mail.
  2. Sign up for citation tracking alerts.
  3. Sign up to be alerted when new reports publish online ahead-of-print.
  4. See what's trending in the Most Read and Most Cited monitors (located at the bottom/right on the homepages).
  5. Get to know the people behind the science by listening to JALA Podcasts.
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Sequencing Ebola's Secrets
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Last June, in the early days of the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, a team of researchers sequenced the genome of the deadly virus at unprecedented scale and speed. Their findings revealed a number of critical facts as the outbreak was unfolding, including that the virus was being transmitted only by person-to-person contact and that it was mutating through its many transmissions. More

University Researchers Develop Pioneering New Method to Map Enzyme Activity
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By labeling certain segments of an enzyme with heavy isotopes, the researchers have found that "heavy" and "light" versions of enzymes have different catalytic properties, allowing them to determine which regions are linked to specific functions. It is hoped this precise pinpointing may shed light on why enzymes are much more efficient at speeding up chemical reactions compared to man-made catalysts, and could have wide-reaching implications for a range of industries. More

Simple Hydrogen Storage Solution is Powered by Solar Energy
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By using solar energy to reversibly attach and detach hydrogen atoms on a 6-carbon ring called benzene, scientists have developed a simple and efficient method to store, transport, and release hydrogen potentially on a large scale. The hydrogen storage problem is currently one of the biggest challenges facing the development of hydrogen as a widespread energy carrier, and the researchers hope that the new strategy may lead to a safe and inexpensive solution to this problem. More

Real-Time Analysis of Cellular Response to Small-Molecule Drugs within a Microfluidic Dielectrophoresis Device
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Quantitative detection of the biological properties of living cells is essential for a wide range of purposes, from the understanding of cellular characteristics to the development of novel drugs in nanomedicine. Here, we demonstrate that analysis of cell biological properties within a microfluidic dielectrophoresis device enables quantitative detection of cellular biological properties and simultaneously allows large-scale measurement in a noise-robust and probeless manner. More

Protein Regulation of Gene Expression: Faster Better Than Stronger
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Each human cell contains an incredible 1.8 meters of DNA. Cells have evolved not only to fit all that genetic material inside each tiny cell, but also to cram it into an even smaller container within the cell — the nucleus. This astonishing feat is accomplished by winding DNA around spool-shaped proteins called histones. Once packaged, the histone-DNA complex, called chromatin, has undergone a staggering 20,000-fold reduction in overall length. More

Roaming Dynamics in Bimolecular Reactions
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For the first time, researchers have shown that a dissociation pathway, or mechanism for breaking chemical bonds, called roaming radical dynamics is a possibility for not just simple, single molecule reactions but more complex, multiple molecule, or bimolecular, reactions. A combination of imaging experiments and high-level quantum chemical calculations allowed for this dissociation pathway in bimolecular reactions to be disentangled both directly and indirectly. More

Working Toward an HIV Vaccine
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Broadly neutralizing antibodies, those that could squash a wide swath of virus types, are the supreme goal of HIV vaccine development. Although some people infected with HIV develop these antibodies naturally over time, scientists have not been able to recapitulate them through vaccines developed in the lab. Now, three studies advance two different strategies for inducing such broadly neutralizing antibodies. More

Novel Antimalarial Agent Has New Mode Of Action
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A new chemical agent effective against a malaria parasite at multiple life stages has joined the ranks of potential new treatments. Researchers at the University of Dundee, in Scotland, have discovered a quinoline diamine that blocks protein translation in Plasmodium falciparum, a malaria parasite, and eventually kills the organism. Antimalarial drugs typically interfere with only one stage of the parasite's life cycle. But the new compound may not only treat malaria patients but also protect people from acquiring the disease and prevent carriers from spreading it. More

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