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From the SLAS President: It's Personal
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"The SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood does an outstanding job of celebrating the diversity of our scientific community — from nanodiamonds and stem cell technologies to protein-protein interactions and 3D printing to chemical synthesis and organs-on-a-chip," says Daniel G. Sipes in his latest column in the e-zine.

"Whether we work in government, corporate or academic laboratories, we all possess a passion that fuels insight and innovation."
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SLAS Short Courses in Europe in September
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SLAS brings three popular conference short courses to Manchester, U.K. and Basel, Switzerland this fall. High Content Screening: Instrumentation, Assay Development, Screening, Image and Data Analysis; Establishing Cell-Based Assays and Implementing 3D Culture Models for Screening and Drug Testing; and Introduction to Laboratory Automation will be held at ELRIG Drug Discovery 2014 on Sept. 1. SLAS, in collaboration with the Swiss Biotech Association, will present 3D Cell-based Assays for Drug De-risking; Label-Free/Biophysics Methods for Screening; Applied Information Technology for the Laboratory at the Pullman Hotel Basel on Sept. 26. Registration is open for both Manchester and Basel. More


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Reminder: SLAS Journal Special Issues Deadlines Approach
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Special issues published by SLAS's two MEDLINE-indexed scientific journals (JALA and JBS) are always widely read and highly rated. Manuscript proposals for three upcoming special issues are now being accepted (due dates noted in parentheses). More

SLAS Announces Fall 2014 Educational Webinar Lineup
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"We are pleased to present another impressive lineup of leading-edge scientific achievements delivered by recognized experts from the laboratory science and technology community, including 2013 and 2014 SLAS Innovation Award winners Andrea Weston and Patrick Beattie," said SLAS President Daniel G. Sipes. The lineup, free to dues-paying SLAS members, includes:

Development of a Fully Automated Ultra-High Throughput Flow Cytometry Screening System to Enable Novel Drug Discovery on Sept. 23

Making a Quantum Leap in Mass Spectrometry Throughput with Acoustic Dispensing on Oct. 7

New Advancements in Paper-Microfluidic Point-of-Care Diagnostics on Nov. 20
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    Global Health: Time to Pay Attention to Chronic Diseases
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    In his Director's Blog, SLAS2015 keynote speaker and National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins reports on efforts to stem the surge of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

    "Chronic diseases truly represent an enormous threat to the health and economic well-being of all the world's peoples," he says. "But if the world's biomedical research leaders continue to work together to build a solid base of scientific evidence to inform public health efforts, and if national leaders assume responsibility for implementation of effective preventive strategies, we should be able to curb the rise of these diseases, and maybe even reverse the trends."
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    Association for Molecular Pathology Sets 2014 Annual Meeting
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    SLAS strategic alliance partner Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) invites SLAS members to its 2014 Annual Meeting and 20th Anniversary Celebration, Realizing the Dream of Precision Medicine. The event will be held Nov. 12-15, 2014, just outside Washington, D.C. Reduced registration rates are available until Sept. 10. The keynote Award for Excellence Lecture on Nov. 13 is "Adventures in Disease Gene Identification and Characterization of Mutations" by Uta Francke of Stanford University. More

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    Researchers Discover Boron 'Buckyball'
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    The discovery of buckyballs — soccer-ball-shaped molecules of carbon — helped usher in the nanotechnology era. Now, researchers have shown that boron, carbon's neighbor on the periodic table, can form a cage-like molecule similar to the buckyball. Until now, such a boron structure had only been a theoretical speculation. The researchers dubbed their new-found nanostructure "borospherene." More

    Nanolenses Help Researchers Pick Out Tiny Objects
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    With the growing popularity of nanotechnology in electronics and biology, scientists want simple, portable ways to image objects as small as a few nanometers in size. One method to do so involves making nanoscale lenses so that researchers can use optical imaging techniques to detect synthetic nanoparticles or even viruses. Now, researchers at UCLA have devised a new type of nanolens, formed right around the object being imaged, that can find targets only 20 nm wide. More


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    £4 Million Dedicated to Advancing the Development and Application of Non-Animal Technologies, Such as Bioprinting Human Tissue
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    Fifteen business collaborations, carrying out early-stage investigations into the feasibility of novel non-animal technologies, have received support from five key funding bodies, including the NC3Rs. The development of non-animal technologies is vital in the search for alternatives that can replace the use of animals in scientific research. Fifteen feasibility studies, carried out by collaborations between companies and academia, will look at a range of non-animal technologies. More

    US Bioterror Fears are Driving Ebola Drug Development
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    If one good thing comes out of the unfolding crisis in West Africa, where hundreds have fallen victim to the Ebola virus, it's the hope that it will redouble efforts around the world to develop new treatments. The outbreak is the deadliest to date. In Guinea nearly 300 people have died. Confirmed cases and deaths have also hit neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization listed a total of 759 cases and 467 deaths by the end of June. More

    Scientists Find Genetic Recipe to Turn Stem Cells to Blood
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    The ability to reliably and safely make in the laboratory all of the different types of cells in human blood is one key step closer to reality. Writing in the journal Nature Communications, a group led by University of Wisconsin-Madison stem cell researcher Igor Slukvin reports the discovery of two genetic programs responsible for taking blank-slate stem cells and turning them into both red and the array of white cells that make up human blood. More



    Maximizing the Efficacy of Genetic Testing
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    Genetic counseling services provider InformedDNA released a white paper on genetic testing. Use of these diagnostic tests is growing rapidly, but inappropriate testing has negative consequences for individuals and the U.S. health care system, according to the company. The paper, titled "Genetic Counseling: Connecting Patients to the Power of Genetics" delves into the complexity of testing, gaps in physician understanding, issues regarding access, current guidelines and the role of trained genetics specialists in helping patients maximize the effectiveness of genetic testing. More

    DNA Origami Nano-tool Provides Important Cancer Clue
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    Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have headed a study that has provided new knowledge about the EphA2 receptor, which is significant in several forms of cancer. This is important knowledge in itself — but just as important is how this study, published in the highly respected journal Nature Methods, was conducted. The researchers used the method of DNA origami, in which a DNA molecule is shaped into a nanostructure, and used these structures to test theories about cell signalling. More

    Detection of Thermoresponsive Polymer Phase Transition in Dilute Low-Volume Format by Microscale Thermophoretic Depletion
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    Environmentally responsive polymers are becoming increasingly important in the biomaterials field for use as diagnostic reagents, drug carriers and tissue engineering scaffolds. Characterizing polymer phase transitions by cloud point curves typically requires large milliliter volumes of sample at high micromolar solution concentrations. More


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