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SLAS Innovation Award winner shares secrets of her success
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Meet 2013 SLAS Innovation Award winner Andrea Weston, Ph.D., the latest SLAS member profiled in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine. Following an impressive career trajectory across North America, Weston now blazes trails at Bristol-Myers Squibb as senior research investigator. "Innovation comes from the combination of dreamers and realists. I need to hear why something won't work in order to fully appreciate the hurdles that must be overcome so that we can push forward in a systematic fashion to make it work," she notes. "I don't know anyone in science who hasn't wanted to throw in the towel at some point! Perseverance is what gets you through and leads you to success." More


Sept. 16: SLAS Tony B. Academic Travel Award poster deadline
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Students, graduate students, post-doctoral associates and junior faculty — there still is time to receive financial support to attend SLAS2014, Jan. 18-22, San Diego. Submit a poster abstract by Sept. 16; if selected, SLAS provides airfare, shared hotel accommodations and full registration. The Tony B. Academic Travel Award is one way SLAS fosters connections between experienced professionals and those newest to laboratory science and technology. More

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Nominations now being accepted for The 2014 JALA Ten
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JALA annually names The JALA Ten to honor of the top 10 technological breakthroughs that made seminal impact toward addressing key biological and medical quandaries. Nominations for 2014 are open to SLAS members and nonmembers, and self-nominations are welcome. Nominations must be received by Oct. 1. More


Register for free SLAS Sept. 26 phenotypic drug discovery webinar
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David C. Swinney, Ph.D., Institute for Rare and Neglected Diseases Drug Discovery, kicks off the three-part SLAS Webinar Series on Sept. 26 with "The Value of Phenotypic-Based Drug Discovery." In his webinar presentation, Swinney will discuss the challenges and solutions to assimilating molecular and phenotypic approaches to increase drug discovery success. The webinar is free to dues-paid SLAS members and sponsored by Cellular Dynamics International. Coming in December: the first of a two-part special issue of JBS on phenotypic drug discovery featuring new, original research by Swinney et al. More

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Congratulations SLAS Young Scientist Delegate!
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Ph.D. student Kris Wilson, University of Edinburgh, was named an SLAS Young Scientist Delegate last week at the European Laboratory Robotics Interest Group Drug Discovery 2013 conference. The student’s winning poster was titled, “A Novel High Throughput Drug Screening Technique Targeting Human Kynurenine 3-Monooxygenase.” Wilson receives a $500 cash prize, roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and full conference registration for SLAS2014, Jan. 18-22, 2014, San Diego, CA. She is pictured here with SLAS Europe Director Matteo Pederzoli. Check SLAS Facebook for more photos. More

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JBS Online features new manuscripts

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"A High-Content Screen Identifies Novel Compounds That Inhibit Stress-Induced TDP-43 Cellular Aggregation and Associated Cytotoxicity," "Functional Screening Assays with Neurons Generated from Pluripotent Stem Cell–Derived Neural Stem Cells" and "High-Throughput Screening Assays for Estrogen Receptor by Using Coumestrol, a Natural Fluorescence Compound" are among the new manuscripts available only to SLAS Biomolecular Sciences Section members and JBS subscribers ahead-of-print. More



American Chemical Society issues guidelines for safer research laboratories    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The world's largest scientific society issued guidelines to better ensure the safety of the tens of thousands of personnel who work in research laboratories around the country. The American Chemical Society issued the report, requested by a federal safety board, during its 246th National Meeting & Exposition. The meeting includes almost 7,000 reports on new advances in science and other topics. More


Curing consortium fatigue
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Biomedical innovation is complex, expensive and risky, and emerging science and technology have created tantalizingly high expectations. Converting innovation into health value in a timely, cost-effective and sustainable manner requires a capacity for collaboration across disciplines, organizations and nations. As we move forward with plans for major new multistakeholder initiatives, these alliances need to be evaluated with — and informed by — the same degree of rigor as other critical enablers of translational science. More

Ironing out nitrogen fixation
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Conversion of dinitrogen to ammonia is a process that's both essential to life on Earth and industrially important in fertilizer production. Researchers have long studied the enzymes that living things use to promote the reaction, but details of their catalytic mechanisms have remained elusive. Now, Caltech scientists have created an iron complex that catalyzes this conversion in a manner that may help reveal the way nitrogenases do it. More

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Chemists find new way to put the brakes on cancer
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Scientists have developed a synthetic molecule, a protein domain mimetic, that may slow cancer. The synthetic molecule, which is called HBS 1, appears to work by disrupting oncogenic signaling, thereby arresting tumor growth. Specifically, HBS 1 targets the interaction of a transcription factor with a coactivator. The scientists, reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, wrote, "Our results indicate that disrupting this interaction results in a rapid down-regulation of hypoxia-inducible genes for cancer progression." More

Should babies have their genomes sequenced at birth?
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Should newborn babies have their genomes sequenced at birth to screen for health problems? The US National Institutes of Health intends to spend $25 million over the next five years to consider the pros and cons. Newborns in the U.S., and in many countries worldwide, already have a pinprick of blood taken at birth to test for conditions including phenylketonuria and cystic fibrosis. In some cases, these diseases can be treated. More


New hope for ovarian cancer
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Despite advances in treatment, ovarian cancer remains a highly lethal disease, mainly because most women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed when the disease is at a late stage. When ovarian cancer is found in its early stages, treatment is most effective. A new way of screening for ovarian cancer appears to detect the disease in early stages. If confirmed in clinical trials, the test could become a routine screening for women. More

Human urine metabolome: What scientists can see in your urine
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Researchers at the University of Alberta announced that they have determined the chemical composition of human urine. The study, which took more than seven years and involved a team of nearly 20 researchers, has revealed that more than 3,000 chemicals or "metabolites" can be detected in urine. The results are expected to have significant implications for medical, nutritional, drug and environmental testing. More

Scientists engineer strain of MERS coronavirus for use in a vaccine
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Scientists have developed a strain of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus that could be used as a vaccine against the disease, according to a study to be published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The mutant MERS virus has a mutation in its envelope protein that makes it capable of infecting a cell and replicating its genetic material, but deprives it of the ability to spread to other tissues and cause disease. More

Probing the role of backbone hydrogen bonds in protein-peptide interactions by amide-to-ester mutations
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One of the most frequent protein–protein interaction modules in mammalian cells is the postsynaptic density 95/discs large/zonula occludens 1 domain, involved in scaffolding and signaling and emerging as an important drug target for several diseases. Like many other protein–protein interactions, those of the PDZ domain family involve formation of intermolecular hydrogen bonds. More

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