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SLAS announces San Diego and Washington, DC annual event rotation
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SLAS President Dave Dorsett announced that following SLA2013 in Orlando, Fla., SLAS is establishing home bases on the east and west coasts of the U.S. for its annual conference and exhibition through 2019. In his new president's message in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood, he also provides information on Society efforts to continue to extend educational reach and impact around the world according to the SLAS strategic plan and member feedback. More

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JALA August podcast features University of Georgia engineering professor
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Dr. William Kissalita discusses his JALA August manuscript, "Performance Evaluation of 3D Polystyrene 96-Well Plates with Human Neural Stem Cells in a Calcium Assay." The JALA podcast series, launched in June, allows viewers to "get behind the science" by featuring an interview with a select JALA author. Also, learn more about the series in the welcome video message from David Pechter, JALA podcast editor. More

SLAS collaborates with MipTec, Sept. 24-27, Basel, Switzerland
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SLAS has arranged four top speakers for the Drug Discovery Technologies track at this premier European conference for drug discovery. Prof. Bernhard Küster, Technische Universität München; Prof. Charles Lieber, Harvard University; Paul van Midwoud, ETH Zürich; and Dr. Khalid Salaita, Emory University, will present topics on novel technologies to support and enhance the drug discovery process. Free, online registration is open. More



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Attention entrepreneurial, start-up companies!
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Make your case to exhibit on Innovation AveNEW at SLAS2013, Jan. 12-16, Orlando, Fla. SLAS Innovation AveNEW showcases emerging laboratory science and technology companies in a highly visible area on the exhibit floor. Applicants chosen to exhibit there receive complimentary exhibit space and financial support for travel and lodging. Apply by Oct. 15 to present your new company and its products and services to purchasing influencers and decision-makers from around the world. More

Wow our judges, and you might win The New iPad
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SLAS is looking for your best original scientific images — those mesmerizing images that not only communicate important information about your work but also capture attention and stimulate imagination — for the 2013 JALA & JBS Art of Science Contest. Submit images by Aug. 31 for your chance to be awarded first prize (The New iPad) or one of 10 honorable mention $50 Amazon gift cards. Need some inspiration? Watch this video of 2012 winners. More


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SLAS announces fall webinar series on informatics
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A dynamic new series of practical webinars launches this fall, and participation is free to dues-paid SLAS members. Titled, "Data Interpretation: Finding Meaning in the Numbers," the series begins Sept. 27 with Don Jackson of Bristol-Myers Squibb presenting "Data Management, Analysis and Visualization Tools for Understanding Multidimensional Screening Results." Additional sessions on Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 feature Chris Bouton of Entagen and Paul Taylor of Boehringer-Ingelheim, respectively. Watch SLAS.org for details. More

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Gene linked to myopathy
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University of Michigan researchers have discovered a new cause of congenital myopathy: a mutation in a previously uncharacterized gene, according to research published this month in the American Journal of Human Genetics. About 50 percent of congenital myopathy cases currently do not have a known genetic basis, presenting a clear barrier to understanding disease and developing therapy, says James Dowling, M.D., Ph.D. More

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How to produce conclusive, reproducible RT-qPCR data every time
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Reverse-transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction is everywhere. Its ubiquity, however, does not mean its practitioners produce consistent and reproducible results that reflect the underlying biology. The exquisite sensitivity of RT-qPCR demands rigorous experimental design; the Minimum Information for Publication of Quantitative Real-Time PCR Experiments guidelines were published to help standardize this technique. More

Sequencing study IDs ion pump gene in rare neurological condition
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Mutations in a gene called ATP1A3, which codes for a component of an ion transporter pump important to nerve cell function, are behind most cases of a sporadic neurological condition known as alternating hemiplegia of childhood, or AHC, according to a new Nature Genetics study. More


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Compensatory mechanisms for ameliorating the fundamental trade-off between predator avoidance and foraging
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Most organisms face the problem of foraging and maintaining growth while avoiding predators. Typical animal responses to predator exposure include reduced feeding, elevated metabolism and altered development rate, all of which can be beneficial in the presence of predators but detrimental in their absence. How then do animals balance growth and predator avoidance? More

Small molecules unmasked in mass spectrometry
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Mass spectrometry is useful for identifying many molecules, but one popular technique for probing biomolecules struggles to analyze small molecules. Now researchers have discovered that simply deuterating the matrix used in matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry allows them to identify previously hidden small molecules, including neurotransmitters and pharmaceuticals. More



Molecular markers help reveal nature of chronic lymphocytic leukemia
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Using a new assay method to study tumor cells, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center have found evidence of clonal evolution in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The assay method distinguishes features of leukemia cells that indicate whether the disease will be aggressive or slow-moving, a key factor in when and how patients are treated. More

Gene fusion is behind deadly brain cancer
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Treatment for a lethal form of brain cancer could be on the horizon after the discovery that the cancer can be formed by two genes fusing together. People with the disease could potentially benefit from drugs that block the activity of a protein produced by this wayward fusion. More


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Study of anti-AIDS vaginal ring begins in Africa
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A monthlong HIV blocker that women could use for protection without their partners knowing? Major new research is beginning in Africa to see whether a special kind of vaginal ring just might work. Giving women tools to protect themselves when their partners won't use a condom is crucial for battling the AIDS epidemic. Women already make up half of the 34.2 million people worldwide living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. More

Scientists use microbes to make 'clean' methane
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Microbes that convert electricity into methane gas could become an important source of renewable energy, according to scientists from Stanford and Pennsylvania State universities. Researchers at both campuses are raising colonies of microorganisms, called methanogens, which have the remarkable ability to turn electrical energy into pure methane — the key ingredient in natural gas. More

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'Sensing' danger
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European researchers developed a novel gas sensor capable of detecting trace amounts of dangerous explosives with minimal false alarms. The technology should be important to a variety of gas separation and detection applications. The growing threat of international terrorism highlights the need to develop highly sensitive and accurate "smart" sensors to detect dangerous gases. More

With a chemical injection, blind mice can see
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An injection of a specific chemical directly into the eyes can temporarily restore sight in blind mice, suggesting a new therapy for people with vision loss, a new study says. The researchers who discovered the chemical capability are working on an improved version that could someday work in humans. More

Stone age man had 'feminine side'
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Modern men should take a lead from their more enlightened and compassionate stone age ancestors, according to a University of Manchester archaeologist. Dr Karina Croucher, who has studied buried remains of people living between 7,500 and 10,000 years ago across the Middle East, says the stereotypical view of how Neolithic men and women lived is wrong. More


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