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SLAS ELN Reports: The Power of Poster Presentations
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In his new SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine message, SLAS President Daniel G. Sipes encourages submission of SLAS2015 poster presentation abstracts by Oct. 13.

"Poster presentations are an extremely popular component of our annual conferences," he states. "It's from here that seeds of innovation take root before evolving into new waves of laboratory science and technology, and it's here that many young professionals take their first steps into the world of SLAS."

Read why you should plan to participate.
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Manuscript Proposals Due Sept. 1 for JBS Special Issue on Screening by RNAi and Precise Genome Editing Technologies
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"RNAi technology has been around for about 10 years now, and we've seen mixed success in the field using RNAi platforms — both siRNAi as well as shRNA," explains Lorenz Mayr. "Using these technologies for identification and validation of targets, particularly genome wide screens for target identification, frankly has not delivered to expectation. Therefore, it is time to review the field."

Mayr is guest editor of the issue along with Marc Bickle and Hakim Djaballah. SLAS members and nonmembers alike are encouraged to submit proposals.
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Calling all Canadians! It's Time to Opt-In
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If you live and work in Canada, you probably are aware that new Canada Anti-Spam Law (CASL) legislation requires you to opt-in to receive e-mails from SLAS, JALA and JBS. To ensure that you continue to receive news and announcements, please login to your member and/or user accounts and opt-in:
  • SLAS Members: Go to MySLAS (at top/left of homepage) and login. Under My Profile, go to the SLAS Preferences tab. Make sure "Exclude me from SLAS E-mail?" setting is "No." To edit other preferences, click the edit tool (pencil icon) in the upper right corner of the "My Preferences" tab.
  • JALA SAGEtrack Users: Login, click on your name (top/right of homepage), select User ID & Password from the dropdown menu.
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SLAS2015 Keynote Speaker Francis Collins Discusses Biomedical Research Funding
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In a Q&A for Forbes magazine, SLAS2015 keynote speaker and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins answers questions about tough funding decisions made at NIH.

"Collins has remained upbeat and hopeful that the situation will turn around, even as he warns the U.S. Congress about the risk that the United States will fall behind in biomedical research," says Forbes writer Sara Reardon.

Collins speaks Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the SLAS Fourth Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.
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    JALA Online Features Three New Original Reports
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    "Flow Cytometric Enumeration of Bacteria Using TO-PRO®-3 Iodide as a Single-Stain Viability Dye," "Laboratory Automation in a Functional Programming Language" and "Dynamically Optimizing Experiment Schedules of a Laboratory Robot System with Simulated Annealing" are among the new manuscripts available only to SLAS Laboratory Automation Section members and JALA subscribers ahead-of-print.

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    Three SLAS Short Courses at ELRIG Drug Discovery 2014
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    SLAS will present three short courses on Sept. 1 at Drug Discovery 2014, in Manchester, UK:

    Introduction to Laboratory Automation
    Presented by Jonathan Wingfield of AstraZeneca and Malcolm Crook of Peak Analysis & Automation

    High Content Screening: Instrumentation, Assay Development, Screening, Image and Data Analysis
    Presented by Eberhard Krausz of ChemBioCon and Marc Bickle of Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

    Establishing Cell-Based Assays and Implementing 3D Culture Models for Screening and Drug Testing
    Presented by Terry Riss of Promega and Jens Kelm of InSphero

    Bickle also will conduct an SLAS Author Workshop entitled “What Editors Want: How to Get Your Work Published” on Sept. 3.
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    NIH Launches 'Follow That Cell' Challenge with $500,000 in Prizes
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    Science innovators looking for funding can compete for prizes totaling up to $500,000 by developing new ways to track the health status of a single cell in complex tissue over time. The National Institutes of Health's "Follow that Cell" challenge aims to generate creative ideas and methods for following and predicting a single cell's behavior and function over time in a complex multicellular environment. More

    Breakthrough Understanding of Biomolecules Could Lead to New and Better Drugs
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    There's a certain type of biomolecule built like a nano-Christmas tree. Called a glycoconjugate, it's many branches are bedecked with sugary ornaments. It's those ornaments that get all the glory. That's because, according to conventional wisdom, the glycoconjugate's lowly "tree" basically holds the sugars in place as they do the important work of reacting with other molecules. More

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    Continuous-Flow Microelectroextraction for Enrichment of Low Abundant Compounds
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    We present a continuous-flow microelectroextraction flow cell that allows for electric field enhanced extraction of analytes from a large volume (1 mL) of continuously flowing donor phase into a micro volume of stagnant acceptor phase (13.4 μL). We demonstrate for the first time that the interface between the stagnant acceptor phase and fast-flowing donor phase can be stabilized by a phaseguide. More

    Association for Molecular Pathology: Realizing the Dream of Precision Medicine
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    This 20th anniversary celebration will be held Nov. 12-15 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, just outside Washington, D.C. The program includes a special address by Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., plus nearly 400 poster presentations, a premier exhibit hall with 200-plus exhibitors and 60-plus sessions on topics ranging from NGS to infectious disease diagnostics. The program and registration are available online now. More


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    Peptide-Drug Conjugate Kills Persistent Bacterial Cells
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    Pathogenic bacteria rely on a number of tricks to evade antibiotics. Some cells, for example, ramp down their metabolic activity and block the drugs from slipping through their membranes. Now researchers have linked a peptide to an established antibiotic so that the drug can enter these persistent bacterial cells, making the conjugate up to a million times more potent than the antibiotic alone. More

    Will Ice Bucket Challenge Have Lasting Value?
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    The "Ice Bucket Challenge" campaign has many elements of success that are rarely achieved together: it went viral, involved celebrities and the public alike, brought a poorly understood but devastating disease to the front pages, and raised millions in donations to ALS charities. But it is difficult to know the real value of a campaign without examining it in the context. More



    Modified Yeast Makes Opiates for the First Time
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    Severe pain? Reach for the yeast. Genetically engineered yeasts can now efficiently produce a range of opiates, including morphine and oxycodone. With growing anxieties about supplies of opium poppies, it could be just what the doctor ordered. Opiates are primarily used as painkillers and cough suppressants, and many of the most widely used opiates can be produced only from opium poppies (Papaver somniferum). More

    New Method Reveals Hidden Genetic Landscape
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    With three billion letters in the human genome, it seems hard to believe that adding a DNA base here or removing a DNA base there could have much of an effect on our health. In fact, such insertions and deletions can dramatically alter biological function, leading to diseases from autism to cancer. Still, it has been difficult to detect these mutations. More

    Investment Boom
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    Cue up "We're in the Money," please, this time for life sciences businesses. Venture Capital funds are flowing freely into the life sciences sector so far this year — up 25 percent by value in the second quarter, according to a new analysis. The new MoneyTree report from PriceWaterhouse Cooper's and the National Venture Capital Association finds that VCs pumped $2.5 billion into life sciences deals in the second quarter, compared to $2 billion in the same period last year. More

    New Restrictions on Hydrocodone to Take Effect
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    The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. The new rules mean that drugs like Vicodin, Lortab and their generic equivalents will be subject to the same prescribing rules as painkillers like codeine and oxycodone. More


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