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Looking to lead? SLAS call for nominations
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SLAS is seeking talented and energetic volunteers to serve on the SLAS Board of Directors. Three positions will become available in 2012. Submit your name to the SLAS Nominations Committee by midnight U.S. Central Time on Sept. 30. More


Are you special?
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SLAS facilitates special interest groups on a wide range of member-selected topics from automation quality control to drug repurposing. Learn more in an SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood article and from The Lab Man's podcast with Sue Holland-Crimmin. More

Add-and-Read Plate Reader
Get results fast with Hamamatsu’s FDSS µCELL, an imaging-based microplate reader. This affordable, simple-to-use reader accommodates 96- or 384-well microplates for kinetic cell-based assays such as GPCR, ion channel, prolyl isomerase, transporter, and light-activated receptor or channel assays. Click here for more info.

Ion Channel Assay Virtual Course module rescheduled
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The course's second module, "Impact of Technology Evolution in Ion Channel Drug Discovery," has been rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6, at 11:30 a.m. ET. The Sept. 22 module will be held as originally scheduled. More

SLAS speaker awarded NIH grant
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Sally Temple, Ph.D., of the Neural Stem Cell Institute, has been awarded a $1.9 million grant to study specific genes that are involved in this neural stem cell expansion process. Temple is one of 18 outstanding speakers at SLAS Screening Stem Cells 2011 next week in Boston. More


Sept. 26 deadline for Tony B. Academic Travel Awards
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Students, graduate students, post-doctoral associates and junior faculty wishing to attend SLAS2012 on Feb. 4-8 in San Diego are invited to apply. Awards include airfare or mileage reimbursement, meeting registration and shared hotel accommodations. More

SLAS wants to know!
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Do you have a new job? Been promoted? Update your member profile and be sure to let us know at and we'll share your news with the community in SLAS People Changing Places, a section of SLAS's new e-zine. More

Miniaturize Genotyping

The Echo® liquid handler enables low volume genotyping reactions in a 384-well format with as little as 500 nL total reaction volume.

The passing of Jim Little
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Sadly, our scientific community lost one of its pioneers last week. Jim Little, Ph.D., president of i2Chem (and SLAS member), passed away Sept. 14 after a courageous battle with cancer. Little was well known as a co-founder of Zymark, which later became Caliper Life Sciences (and most recently was acquired by PerkinElmer). He was highly respected for the countless contributions he made to our scientific community in his 45-year career. Little's energy, wisdom and leadership will be greatly missed. Those wishing to send memorial contributions are invited to contact the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. More
Introducing the BIND® SCANNER from SRU Biosystems
SRU Biosystems has introduced the first and only high resolution, optical, label-free plate reader. Capable of measuring functional responses in individual cells, the SCANNER represents a new paradigm in drug discovery enabling the use of primary cells earlier in drug discovery process. Contact us to learn more.
Ultra Low Attachment Surface in HTS
Ultra Low Attachment Surface plates feature a covalently bound hydrogel layer that effectively inhibits cellular attachment, minimizes protein absorption, enzyme activation, and cellular activation. Corning® introduces 384 well black clear bottom Ultra Low Attachment Surface plates for HTS applications of tumor spheroid and stem cell embryoid body screening.
Douglas Scientific's Soellex™ PCR Thermocycler
The Soellex™ PCR thermocycler is optimized for Array Tape™ to provide ultra high capacity DNA amplification – simultaneously processing up to 230,000 reaction wells in a standard run. The heating system in the Soellex™ tightly controls the temperature throughout the water column delivering efficient and rapid energy transfer. MORE


Proton-coupled electron transfer from tryptophan: A concerted mechanism with water as proton acceptor
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The mechanism of proton-coupled electron transfer from tyrosine in enzymes and synthetic model complexes is under intense discussion, in particular the pH dependence of the PCET rate with water as proton acceptor. Here we report on the intramolecular oxidation kinetics of tryptophan derivatives linked to [Ru(bpy)3]2+ units with water as proton acceptor, using laser flash-quench methods. More

In situ curing of sliding SU-8 droplet over a microcontact printed pattern for tunable fabrication of a polydimethylsiloxane nanoslit
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A tunable process for polydimethylsiloxane nanoslit fabrication is developed for nanofluidic applications. A microcontact printing (μCP) of a laterally spreading self-assembled hexadecanethiol layer, combined with in situ curing of a sliding SU-8 droplet, enables precise and independent tuning of a nanoslit-mold width and height using a single μCP master mold. More


Wearable blood pressure sensor offers 24/7 continuous monitoring
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High blood pressure is a common risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and aneurysms, so diagnosing and monitoring it are critically important. However, getting reliable blood pressure readings is not always easy. More

Breaking in the new
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There was a golden age, from the late 1930s through the mid '60s, when chemists invented most of the polymers we use today. These materials — nylon, polyethylene, polypropylene, polycarbonate and polyester, to name a few — quickly took hold with a public eager to remodel its world in colorful, modern and durable plastics. The days of glass shampoo bottles, paper food packaging and chrome bumpers were numbered. More


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Reverse engineering materials with a rapid, non-destructive laser-based technique can aid the fight against counterfeits
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In business, protecting a company's intellectual property can mean the difference between market success and bankruptcy. As the threat of competition from illegal copies of patented technology grows, high-tech firms are themselves turning to reverse engineering to spot potential patent infringements. More

New class of stem cell-like cells offers possibility for spinal cord repair
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The Allen Institute for Brain Science has announced the discovery of a new class of cells in the spinal cord that act like neural stem cells, offering a fresh avenue in the search for therapies to treat spinal cord injury and disease. More


Signature of hydrophobic hydration in a single polymer
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Hydrophobicity underpins self-assembly in many natural and synthetic molecular and nanoscale systems. A signature of hydrophobicity is its temperature dependence. The first experimental evaluation of the temperature and size dependence of hydration free energy in a single hydrophobic polymer is reported, which tests key assumptions in models of hydrophobic interactions in protein folding. More

Why carbon nanotubes spell trouble for cells
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It's been long known that asbestos spells trouble for human cells. Scientists have seen cells stabbed with spiky, long asbestos fibers, and the image is gory: Part of the fiber is protruding from the cell, like a quivering arrow that's found its mark. More

How much bacteria do people carry around?
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Enough to fill a big soup can. "That’s three to five pounds of bacteria," says Lita Proctor, the program coordinator of the National Institutes of Health’s Human Microbiome Project, which studies the communities of bacteria living on and in us. The bacteria cells in our body outnumber human cells 10 to 1, she says, but because they are much smaller than human cells, they account for only about 1 to 2 percent of our body mass. More

Tired of Hand-Labeling
Your Tubes?

The Sci-Print VX2 automates the mundane task of hand-labeling tubes and vials. User-friendly software interfaces with LIMS or worklists to generate label information. The system can label microtubes, vials and vacutainers ranging from 0.5mL up to 50mL. The Sci-Print VX2 prints human readable text as well as 1D/2D barcodes.
Automated Benchtop Cell Analysis Platform
The HTFC® Screening System from IntelliCyt is a fast, highly sensitive, and simple-to-operate multicolor platform for phenotypic screening. This automation-friendly system can analyze thousands of cells per second from 96 or 384 well microplates and create heatmap data displays to quickly visualize hits.
Sample Screening from your Compound
The comPOUND system comprises a high-density sample storage unit and an additional suite of specialized delivery and processing modules to enable easy integration into any compound management or screening system.


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