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SLAS announces new member benefit for FIRST team leaders
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Dues-paid SLAS members who actively participate as coach or mentor for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) teams are invited to apply for $500 team grants from SLAS. This new member benefit acknowledges the effort and hard work of FIRST leaders and awards grants to offset team costs. SLAS President Jeff Paslay outlines this meaningful new education initiative in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine. More


SLAS2014 podium abstract submissions due Aug. 5
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Presenting your achievements at SLAS2014 positions both you and your organization as leaders in the field. If you have novel innovations to report in these areas — Assay Development and Screening; Automation and High Throughput Technologies; Bioanalytical Techniques; Diagnostics and Biomarkers; Drug Target Biology; Informatics and Micro/Nano Technologies — please consider this opportunity to contribute to the SLAS2014 scientific program. SLAS2014 will be held Jan. 18-22 in San Diego. More

JALA August issue now at JALA Online for members and subscribers
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"The Use of Cold Plasma Technology to Reduce Carryover in Screening Assays," "Automated UV-C Mutagenesis of Kluyveromyces marxianus NRRL Y-1109 and Selection for Microaerophilic Growth and Ethanol Production at Elevated Temperature on Biomass Sugars" and "Holographically Formed, Acoustically Switchable Gratings Based on Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystals" are among the original research articles in the August issue. SLAS Laboratory Automation Section members and JALA subscribers can view the issue online now. More

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JBS Online features new manuscripts ahead-of-print
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"Screen for Small Molecules Increasing the Mitochondrial Membrane Potential" and "High-Throughput Screening Normalized to Biological Response: Application to Antiviral Drug Discovery" are among the new manuscripts available only to SLAS Biomolecular Sciences Section members and JBS subscribers ahead-of-print. More

Extended world view: Meet five global researchers
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The latest SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine article features stories of building careers across continents. Learn about the challenges, choices and changes faced by Edward Chow, Charles Hart, Craig Lan, Ricardo Macarron and Sabeth Verpoorte in their ventures from China, Switzerland, Singapore, the United States and elsewhere. More



Slow, steady decline in NIH funding leads researchers to fear future cuts
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Politicians in Washington, D.C., proclaim to love biomedical research. They even like to pay for it with federal tax dollars. Most of the lawmakers on Capitol Hill say so openly, most vociferously when it is invested in their states or districts. Yet NIH funding has been weakening steadily during the past decade; its budget has been nearly flat for the past three years. More

A chemist's view of the Supreme Court's gene patent decision
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For superstitious people, the date June 13, 2013, would portend unfavorable events. For chemists and biotechnologists, the date brought a Supreme Court decision that ruled isolated genes to be ineligible for patent protection in the United States, an event with grave consequences for patent law and the biotechnology industry. The decision reverses years of precedent and Patent Office practice. More


China targets GlaxoSmithKline in drug sales probe
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Police in China have detained four Chinese managers at GlaxoSmithKline and are preventing a foreign executive in charge of finances from leaving the country. The actions are part of a growing investigation into GSK's drug sales practices in China. The Chinese Ministry of Public Security charges that the drug firm has used inflated conference fees paid to travel agencies as a cover for kickbacks to doctors, hospitals and government officials that purchased GSK drugs or prescribed them. GSK called the allegations “shameful” and said it will fully cooperate with Chinese authorities. More

Researchers gain understanding of obesity gene
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Researchers have connected the dots between a genetic mutation associated with obesity and a hormone known to control appetite that may add to our knowledge of how we perceive food and how we might treat obesity through drugs that target the hormone ghrelin. An international team of investigators has demonstrated a direct link between the fat mass and obesity-associated protein, or FTO, that is commonly mutated in obese people, and ghrelin, the only peptide hormone known to stimulate appetite. More

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Chromosome that causes Down's silenced for first time
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Hopes that symptoms of Down's syndrome could be reversed have been raised by the silencing of the extra chromosome that causes the condition. Jeanne Lawrence at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester took skin cells from men with the condition and "rewound" them into an embryonic state. People with Down's have an extra copy of chromosome 21, altering the way they develop. More

Structure of folic acid bound to folate receptor is solved
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Scientists finally have a structure for the folate receptor. The receptor plays a key role in cancer, and the work could lead to better ways to design anticancer medications. "The folate community has been waiting for decades for a published structure," says Richard H. Finnell, a folate expert and professor at the University of Texas, Austin. But a structure has been difficult to obtain because the protein was tough to crystallize. More

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Chemical reaction could streamline manufacture of pharmaceuticals and other compounds    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered a new chemical reaction that has the potential to lower the cost and streamline the manufacture of compounds ranging from agricultural chemicals to pharmaceutical drugs. The reaction resolves a long-standing challenge in organic chemistry in creating phenolic compounds from aromatic hydrocarbons quickly and cheaply. More

Stroke protection breakthrough
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One of regenerative medicine's greatest goals is to develop new treatments for stroke. So far, stem cell research for the disease has focused on developing therapeutic neurons — the primary movers of electrical impulses in the brain — to repair tissue damaged when oxygen to the brain is limited by a blood clot or break in a vessel. New UC Davis research, however, shows that other cells may be better suited for the task. More

Gut bacteria facilitate adaptation to crop rotation in the western corn rootworm
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Insects are constantly adapting to human-driven landscape changes; however, the roles of their gut microbiota in these processes remain largely unknown. The western corn rootworm (WCR, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) is a major corn pest that has been controlled via annual rotation between corn (Zea mays) and nonhost soybean (Glycine max) in the United States. More

2-in-1 solution for low cost polymer LEDs and solar cells
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Considerable improvement in device performance of polymer-based optoelectronic devices is reported by researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea. The new plasmonic material, can be applied to both polymer light-emitting diodes and polymer solar cells, with world-record high performance, through a simple and cheap process. The contrary demands of these devices mean that there are few metal nanoparticles that can enhance performance in PLEDs and PSCs at the same time. More

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Assessing the stochastic intermittency of single quantum dot luminescence for robust quantification of biomolecules
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Single molecule detection schemes promise that one has the ability to reach the ultimate limit of detection: one molecule. In this paper, we use the stochastic luminescence of single semiconductor nanocrystals (quantum dots, QDs) to detect and localize particles as digital counts. These digital counts can be correlated to the concentration of analytes in solution. More

How cranberries stop bacteria in their tracks
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An old wives' tale might be held up by modern science: New evidence shows how cranberry juice might prevent or cure urinary tract infections, researchers say. Cranberry juice has been touted for at least a century as a remedy for urinary tract infections. Yet doctors remain divided over whether the fruit is truly effective in treating UTIs. More

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