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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 reasons for seeking a position on the Council and an affidavit acknowledging 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 for ratification 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 at the end of this year. Similarly, the SLAS Europe Council is seeking candidates to fill three open spots; materials for Europe are due by midnight CET, Wednesday, Aug. 24.


Extend Your SLAS2017 Experience: Add a Short Course
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Choose from a menu of 21 half-, one- and two-day courses offering in-depth instruction on topics, issues and techniques for the life sciences community. Choose from perennial favorites like "Introduction to Laboratory Automation" and "Sample Management: Best Practice, Trends and Challenges" to new courses on pharmacology, mass spectrometry, data analytic concepts and flow cytometry.

The SLAS2017 Short Course Planning Committee is William Neil, Bristol-Myers Squibb; Robyn Rourick, Genentech; Mark Russo, Bristol-Myers Squibb; and John Thomas Bradshaw, Artel.

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Say Hello to SLAS at LRIG Bay Area Chapter Meeting
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Meet SLAS Communications Senior Manager Lynn Valastyan at the South San Francisco Convention Center on Sept. 1. Learn more about the SLAS journal name changes and SLAS2017 International Conference and Exhibition, and explore trends in genomic and proteomic single cell analysis.

Sign up at LRIG for a chance to win a full conference registration to SLAS2017 (a $1,075 value!). LRIG meeting participation is free.

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SLAS Webinars: Immediate Access, Lasting Value
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SLAS Webinars deliver valuable insight to life sciences professionals 24/7 from the convenience of your web browser. Here are some high profile offerings from 40-plus titles now available on demand in the SLAS Webinar library: Not yet an SLAS member? Join now! More


Have You Visited the Neighborhood Lately?
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If you haven't been to the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine lately, here's what you've been missing: More

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Make Travel Plans for SLAS2017 — SLAS Can Help!
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Hotel rooms at discounted rates can now be reserved for SLAS2017, Feb. 4-8 in Washington, DC. SLAS has negotiated special discounts and benefits exclusively for conference attendees with the two official conference hotels, both of which are conveniently located adjacent to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center — the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC (SLAS2017 headquarters hotel) and the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown.

Three airports serve Washington, DC. Reagan National Airport (DCA) is closest to the convention center and has direct Metro access. SLAS2017 participants can contact the official SLAS2017 travel agent for assistance with air and ground travel. SLAS also offers the following tips for Washington, DC visitors. Are you an SLAS2017 exhibitor? Click here for hotel and travel details.

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NIH Reveals Plan to Fund Human-Animal Chimeras
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The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has outlined a proposal to lift a ban on funding human-animal chimera research — with conditions. "The policy proposes prohibiting the introduction of certain types of human cells into embryos of nonhuman primates, such as monkeys and chimps, at even earlier stages of development than what was currently prohibited," NPR's Shots reported. Additionally, a committee would review certain experiments that involved, say, human brain tissue. More

Single Agent Targets Three Parasitic Infections
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Parasitic protists known as kinetoplastids infect millions of people annually, predominantly in poor communities in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. And the diseases caused by these parasites, African sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis, and Chagas disease, kill tens of thousands every year. Doctors urgently need new therapies for these infections because available medicines suffer from multiple shortcomings. More

Catalysis Research Could Aid Drug Development
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Many molecules have a chemical structure that is "chiral" — they come in two forms, each with an arrangement of atoms that are mirror images of each other. These "right-handed" and "left-handed" arrangements, called enantiomers, are problematic for industries that make pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals. Proteins and sugars in the human body exist in only one of the two enantiomers. Yet the catalytic reactions involved in making drugs often produce molecules with both the "right-handed" and "left-handed" arrangements. More

Biofuel Production Technique Could Reduce Cost, Antibiotics Use
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The cost and environmental impact of producing liquid biofuels and biochemicals as alternatives to petroleum-based products could be significantly reduced, thanks to a new metabolic engineering technique. Liquid biofuels are increasingly used around the world, either as a direct "drop-in" replacement for gasoline, or as an additive that helps reduce carbon emissions. More

Stem Cell Factor Puts Differentiation on Speed Dial
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Stem cells can customize their responses to external cues, effectively priming themselves to differentiate toward one cell fate or another. Curiously, the same cues can have different effects on different stem cells, rather like the same speed-dial buttons can instigate calls to different numbers, depending on how the phone has been programmed. Stem cells don't come with a speed-dial instruction manual, so scientists based at Stanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SPB) have been working to hack the code. More

Detailed Structure of Cell's Garbage Disposal Unit Reveals Surprise in How It Is Targeted by Cancer Drugs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cancer cells are more dependent on a cellular garbage disposal unit — the proteasome — than healthy cells, and cancer therapies take advantage of this dependency. Scientists at EMBL and MPI determined the proteasome's 3D structure in unprecedented detail and have deciphered the exact mechanism by which inhibitor drugs block the proteasome. Their surprising results, published in Science, will pave the way to develop more effective treatments. More

New Chip Could Help Test Drugs for ALS, Other Neuromuscular Disorders
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MIT engineers have developed a microfluidic device that replicates the neuromuscular junction — the vital connection where nerve meets muscle. The device, about the size of a U.S. quarter, contains a single muscle strip and a small set of motor neurons. Researchers can influence and observe the interactions between the two, within a realistic, three-dimensional matrix. The researchers genetically modified the neurons in the device to respond to light. More

Hints of Exotic New Particle Fade at World's Largest Atom Smasher
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Particle physicists' hopes have been dashed. Eight months ago, experimenters working with the world's biggest atom smasher — the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European particle physics laboratory, CERN, in Switzerland — reported hints of the first wholly unexpected new particle in decades, one that could have required a rethink of the prevailing theory of fundamental particles and forces. Now, however, physicists at the LHC have collected and analyzed roughly four times as many data as they had last December. More


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