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SLAS2014 Innovation AveNEW applications due in two days
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Start-up companies: submit your application by Oct. 11 to be considered for free exhibit space at SLAS2014! Innovation AveNEW offers new laboratory science and technology companies the opportunity to participate in SLAS2014 by providing kiosk exhibit space, travel, lodging and access to purchasing influencers and decision-makers from more than 40 countries. Read about a few previous SLAS Innovation AveNEW success stories. More

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David Eddington values inspiration and creativity
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SLAS2014 will bring David Eddington, Ph.D., back to where he started. Dave first came to the annual conference and exhibition through the SLAS Tony B. Travel Awards Program as a young assistant professor. From podium presentations through organizing panels and tracks, as a SLAS2014 conference co-chair he now sits at the top of the organizational chart for the event, a vantage point he greatly enjoys for its opportunity to influence programming. Read more about this SLAS volunteer in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine. More

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Coming soon: The SLAS 2013 Member Survey
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SAGE offers free access to 750 scientific journals through October 31
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For a limited time, SAGE is offering free access to 750 scientific journals and a host of online research tools and resources, including SAGE Knowledge, SAGE Research Methods, CQ Researcher and other digital tools. More

New phenotypic drug discovery manuscript now at JBS Online
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"Building Predictive Models for Mechanism-of-Action Classification from Phenotypic Assay Data Sets" is the latest scientific manuscript published ahead-of-print from the two-part JBS Phenotypic Drug Discovery special issue. The author is JBS special issue co-guest editor and SLAS Webinar presenter Ellen L. Berg, Ph.D., and colleagues Jian Yang and Mark A. Polokoff from BioSeek. The manuscript is available online now to SLAS Biomolecular Sciences Section members and JBS subscribers. More


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SLAS2014 conference preview in the mail
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"Please join us, and more than 5,500 of your laboratory science and technology peers, at SLAS2014. The SLAS2014 Program Planning Committee has invested hundreds of hours planning the program, recruiting leading subject matter experts and selecting presentations to deliver to you an exceptional educational experience from January 18-22 in San Diego." These words from SLAS2014 Conference Co-Chairs Michele Cleary, Merck, and Dave Eddington, University of Illinois at Chicago, introduce the conference preview, which includes highlights of the upcoming event. More

New global health manuscripts now at JALA Online
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Visit JALA Online for a sneak peek at the 2014 JALA special issue on New Developments in Global Health Technologies. "Rapid and Sensitive Detection of H1N1/2009 Virus from Aerosol Samples with a Microfluidic Immunosensor" and "A High-Temperature, High-Throughput Method for Monitoring Residual Formaldehyde in Vaccine Formulations" are among the new manuscripts available only to SLAS Laboratory Automation Section members and JALA subscribers ahead-of-print. More


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Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Rothman, Schekman and Südhof
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The 2013 Nobel Prize honors three scientists who have solved the mystery of how the cell organizes its transport system. Each cell is a factory that produces and exports molecules. For instance, insulin is manufactured and released into the blood and chemical signals called neurotransmitters are sent from one nerve cell to another. These molecules are transported around the cell in small packages called vesicles. The three Nobel Laureates have discovered the molecular principles that govern how this cargo is delivered to the right place at the right time in the cell. More

Chemical safety board shuttered
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If a chemical plant or refinery blew up today, no federal investigators would be rushing to the site to determine the cause. Along with most of the rest of the federal government, the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board is "effectively shut down," says Daniel Horowitz, CSB managing director. All but three CSB employees have been furloughed — Horowitz, CSB's general counsel, and an information technology specialist. More

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Long-awaited 'trackable' stem cells attack patients' brain tumors
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The FDA has approved the first, long-awaited, and safe method for tracking stem cells in the human body. The approach could lead to dramatic advances in the area of regenerative medicine and cancer therapies. "We are getting a positive response," says Rex Moats of the UCLA Keck School of Medicine, lead investigator on a paper describing the work leading to the FDA-approved approach. "Clinical trials are now ongoing." More

Researchers find a gene for obesity
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Researchers at the University of Copenhagen set out on what seemed like a simple task: to find out if overeating is linked to any genetic difference. Four years and 1,200 pigs later (yeah, we'll get to that), they have an answer. Monitoring human eating habits is highly difficult; over a period of years, no human would be willing to have every single item of food they eat be studied and recorded by scientists. So these researchers turned to the pig. More

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Is startup biotech funding at risk?
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Over the past couple of decades, small biotech companies have been an invaluable source of exciting new drug treatments. As a result, investors have been handsomely rewarded for funding these high-risk, speculative technologies that helped fill depleted Big Pharma pipelines. Companies with any hope for delivering a return on investor money have two possibilities; have one of their technologies acquired or have the entire company acquired by a cash rich Big Pharma or Big Biotech. More

Great potential for faster diagnoses with new method
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The more accurately we can diagnose a disease, the greater the chance that the patient will survive. That is why many researchers are working to improve the quality of the diagnostic process. Researchers at the Nano-Science Center, University of Copenhagen have discovered a method that will make the process faster, cheaper and more accurate. This is possible, because they are combining advanced tools used in physics for research in biology at nanoscale, two scientific disciplines usually very distant from each other. More


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New study gets to heart of triglycerides' role in coronary disease
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A team led by Broad Institute researchers has found that triglycerides — the fats that our bodies burn for fuel — play a causal role in coronary artery disease, the most common form of heart disease and the leading cause of death in the United States. The study, which leverages new genetic data from a related genome-wide association study, suggests that lowering triglyceride levels through treatment may help reduce the risk of CAD. More

Tracking the trends
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Learning which interesting drugs are in the clinical trial pipeline and which ones have garnered U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval is critical for both scientists and business development professionals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology arenas. One company offers a free look every quarter. Thomson Reuters released its newest edition of "The Ones to Watch," a quarterly report on the most promising drug launches, approvals and changes in clinical phase. More

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How the government shutdown affects healthcare
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The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is at the center of the budget debate that has resulted in a government shutdown. But one of the ironies of the situation is that the program will remain funded. It even reached a major milestone — the launch of the insurance exchanges — on Oct. 1, the same day other areas of government were forced to place employees on furlough. The ACA, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, are not affected by the shutdown. The biggest impact will be felt among researchers and scientists. More

Who's afraid of peer review?
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On July 4, good news arrived in the inbox of Ocorrafoo Cobange, a biologist at the Wassee Institute of Medicine in Asmara. It was the official letter of acceptance for a paper he had submitted two months earlier to the Journal of Natural Pharmaceuticals, describing the anticancer properties of a chemical that Cobange had extracted from a lichen. In fact, it should have been promptly rejected. More



Spatial waves in synthetic biochemical networks
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We report the experimental observation of traveling concentration waves and spirals in a chemical reaction network built from the bottom up. The mechanism of the network is an oscillator of the predator–prey type, and this is the first time that predator–prey waves have been observed in the laboratory. The molecular encoding of the nonequilibrium behavior relies on small DNA oligonucleotides that enforce the network connectivity and three purified enzymes that control the reactivity. More

'Poop pills' may halt gut infections
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Bacteria extracted from human poop are the main ingredients of a new pill that may help treat patients who have difficult-to-cure intestinal infections, according to a new study from Canada. The study involved 32 patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea and can be life-threatening. More


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