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Travel Awards Enable SLAS2017 Participation

Students, graduate students, post-doctoral associates and junior faculty may apply for travel awards. 60 awarded for SLAS2016.



SLAS Americas Council Seeks Candidates: Respond by Aug. 17
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Individuals who wish to serve on the SLAS Americas Council are invited to submit materials for consideration by midnight CT, Wednesday, Aug. 17. Nomination materials include a short statement of your reasons for seeking a position and an affidavit acknowledging your eligibility to serve.

The current SLAS Americas Council will review submitted materials and select a slate to fill two open spots on the Council; the slate will be presented to all SLAS members in the Americas in late September. The new Council members will replace Tyler Aldredge and John Thomas Bradshaw, whose terms expire in 2016.


From the SLAS President: The SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood E-zine — Five Years of Real Stories About Real People
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SLAS President Richard M. Eglen, Ph.D., appreciates the SLAS e-zine's mission to bring to life the people behind the science and technology in the SLAS community.

"Over the past five years, the SLAS ELN editorial archive has blossomed into a creative cache of ideas, information and inspiration. It has over 150 stories to tell about the state-of-the-science and about people who, like you and I, are driven to find ways over, under and around scientific and technological challenges," he says. Visit the neighborhood today, and be inspired!

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JBS July Issue Now at JBS Online for Members and Subscribers
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"Flow Cytometry Enables Multiplexed Measurements of Genetically Encoded Intramolecular FRET Sensors Suitable for Screening," "High-Throughput Screening Platform for the Discovery of New Immunomodulator Molecules from Natural Product Extract Libraries" and "Identification of Small-Molecule Frequent Hitters of Glutathione S-Transferase–Glutathione Interaction" are among the original research articles in the July issue.

The issue also includes a perspectives paper from the University of Pittsburgh, "A Perspective on Implementing a Quantitative Systems Pharmacology Platform for Drug Discovery and the Advancement of Personalized Medicine." SLAS Biomolecular Sciences Section members and JBS subscribers can view the issue online now.

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SLAS2017 Podium Presentation Abstracts Due Aug. 8
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"SLAS2017 is an excellent forum to see what technologies and approaches are being applied to practice,” says Ed Ainscow of Carrick Therapeutics and SLAS2017 Assay Development and Screening Track chair. “It is one thing to read about new technology applications (automation, NGS, CRISPR and imaging, etc.), but learning how your peers are using them in practice is much more valuable."

Sindy Tang of Stanford University and Andrew deMello of the Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering add, “SLAS is a great channel to expose work to industry professionals who can be end-users or partners of your research. It's also an extremely strong opportunity to network with industry people to learn their needs, which can motivate new research." Tang and deMello are chair and associate chair of the SLAS2017 Micro- and Nanotechnologies Track. See detailed track and session descriptions on the SLAS2017 website.


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 discovery and technology 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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Synthesizing Error-Free DNA from RNA
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The creation of cDNA from RNA templates is an integral part of molecular biology that is mediated by reverse transcriptase (RT) enzymes. Unfortunately, these proteins are notoriously error prone, due to their inherent lack of proofreading (3'-5' exonuclease) activity. The majority of RT enzymes have evolved along ancient evolutionary lines from a single protein family that has been intertwined with retroviral evolution. Now, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a fix that allows RNA to proofread accurately for the first time. More

Researchers Discover New Reverse Chemical Reaction at Nanoscale That Enables Efficient Carbon Capture    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A recent study led by Xi Chen, associate professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia Engineering, and Klaus Lackner at Arizona State University, reports an unconventional reversible chemical reaction in a confined nanoenvironment. The discovery, a milestone in clarifying the scientific underpinnings of moisture-swing chemical reaction, is critical to understanding how to scrub CO2 from the Earth's atmosphere, and the researchers have already used it to capture CO2 more efficiently and at a much lower cost than other methods. More

Brexit's Effects on Science
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Britons voted in favor of leaving the European Union (E.U.). While the effects of this decision on science will likely play out over the coming months and years, researchers in the U.K. and their collaborators abroad are bracing for change. Most researchers interviewed by news organizations expressed their disapproval of the decision. As Nature reported: "It was the result that most scientists didn't want,” which isn't surprising given the number of researchers in the U.K. who work with scientists elsewhere in the E.U. More

Janus Face Aspect of All-cis 1,2,3,4,5,6-Hexafluorocyclohexane Dictates Remarkable Anion and Cation Interactions In the Gas Phase
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Experiments have been carried out in which electrospray ionization has been used to generate ionic complexes of all-cis 1,2,3,4,5,6 hexafluorocyclohexane. These complexes were subsequently mass isolated in a quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer and then irradiated by the tunable infrared output of a free electron laser in the 800–1600 cm–1 range. From the frequency dependence of the fragmentation of the complexes, vibrational signatures of the complexes were obtained. More

Researchers Discover New Chemical Sensing Technique
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Researchers from the University of Houston have reported a new technique to determine the chemical composition of materials using near-infrared light. The work could have a number of potential applications, including improving downhole drilling analysis in the oil and gas industry and broadening the spectrum of solar light that can be harvested and converted to electricity, said Wei-Chuan Shih, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at UH and lead author of a paper describing the discovery. More

Starving Stem Cells May Enable Scientists to Build Better Blood Vessels
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Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have uncovered how changes in metabolism of human embryonic stem cells help coax them to mature into specific cell types — and may improve their function in engineered organs or tissues. "Pluripotent stem cells grow very quickly, and so they need to churn out large quantities of cellular building blocks to fuel their growth — proteins, lipids, sugars, and other essential molecules," says Dr. Jalees Rehman, who led the study. More

Alzheimer's Genetics Point to New Research Direction
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A University of Adelaide analysis of genetic mutations which cause early-onset Alzheimer's disease suggests a new focus for research into the causes of the disease. Previous research has revolved around the idea that accumulation in the brain of a small, sticky protein fragment — amyloid beta — causes Alzheimer's disease. However, there is growing concern among researchers that this idea is not rapidly advancing global understanding of the disease or leading to successful treatments. More

Liquid Metals Take Shape
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Ask people what comes to mind when they hear the term "liquid metal," and many of them say mercury — or they recall a particular shape-shifting villain from the "Terminator" movies. Not so for Michael D. Dickey. It's not that the North Carolina State University (NCSU) chemical engineer has a gripe with element number 80 or with the Arnold Schwarzenegger films. In fact, he enjoyed the action series and even made his mother sit through the one that introduced the android assassin made from a fictitious "mimetic polyalloy." More


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