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SLAS Europe Council Endorses Members for 2017 Council Positions
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The SLAS Europe Council endorses Helen Boyd, AstraZeneca, Sweden; Peter Kirkpatrick, Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, U.K.; and Gijs Jochems, Promega Biotech Iberica, Spain, for three-year terms of service beginning at SLAS2017.

In accordance with SLAS Policy, if no valid petition nominating alternate candidates is received by Oct. 20, 2016, the appointment of these three individuals will be presented to the current SLAS Europe Council for official acclamation.
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SLAS2017 Innovation AveNEW Applications Due Oct. 14
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If you are part of a start-up company in life sciences discovery and technology, you are invited to apply for complimentary exhibit space on SLAS2017 Innovation AveNEW, Feb. 4-8, Washington, DC. This program allows entrepreneurial companies the opportunity to actively engage in a world-class exhibition and connect with thousands of practicing scientists and purchasing decision-makers from leading scientific organizations in more than 40 countries.

Companies whose applications are accepted are provided with kiosk space in the SLAS2017 Exhibition as well as registration, travel and lodging for one company representative. Applications are due Oct. 14, 2016. Read about the experience of SLAS2016 Innovation AveNEW participants in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine.
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SLAS ELN Reports: Stay in Step with the 'Crazy Pace' of High-Content Screening Advances
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The SLAS Europe High-Content Screening Conference, JBS Special Collection on High-Content Screening and SLAS Webinar "Compound Screening and Profiling in Cultured (3D) Tissues" showcase recent SLAS information exchange in this important area.

"It is not easy for one person to make all the connections necessary for success in this field, but the Society helps bring those people who offer advanced technologies to the life sciences researchers working in the labs," says SLAS Europe Council member Marc Bickle.

Bickle is head of the Technology Development Studio (TDS) at Max Planck, co-chair of the SLAS Europe High-Content Screening Conference and a JBS Associate Editor member who helped drive the JBS Special Collection. Read about the exciting work being done in the latest feature article in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine.
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SLAS VIII Spanish Drug Discovery Network Meeting Poster Abstracts Due Oct. 14
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Showcase your work on the frontline of chemical biology, drug discovery and translational medicine research at this Nov. 3-4 meeting in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Review the submission guidelines and submit your abstract by Oct. 14.

Selected posters are reviewed and evaluated by SLAS Scientific Committee members on site and a winning poster is selected and awarded. If applicable, the winning poster submitter is invited to make a short live presentation, followed by questions and answers from the audience.
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SLAS2017 Podium Program Detailed in the Event Scheduler
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The SLAS2017 Event Scheduler contains the latest and most comprehensive information about the scientific podium presentations, including abstracts and presenter bios; exhibiting companies and descriptions; Short Course information and abstracts; and the latest schedule of events.

Browse the SLAS2017 Event Scheduler or search by event type, session, date, title, speaker or key word. Then, plan and save your personal itinerary and share your favorite aspects of the conference via social media. Deeply discounted early bird registration rates are available through Oct. 31.
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Oct. 25 SLAS Webinar: Biospecimen Commons — A Tool for Encouraging Openness and Transparency in Biospecimen Sample Collection
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Join Joseph Miceli, Ph.D., head of development for Biospecimen Commons, as he discusses how his company helps improve transparency in specimen collection procedures.

"One major problem facing preclinical research, and especially the development of precision medicine, is irreproducibility caused by the limited information available regarding the collection of biological specimens," Miceli states. "Biospecimen Commons hosts both the protocols used in specimen collection and the associated collections in two interconnected databases. Collecting this information in one place enables researchers to use samples from different biobanks with confidence that comparisons between them are valid and will hold up to scrutiny over time."

SLAS Webinars are free to dues-paid SLAS members.
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SLAS2017 Short Course Spotlight: Lab-on-a-Chip — From Technology to Bioanalysis on Chip
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This full-day course is a "how-to" primer for those wishing to understand the basic advantages and limitations of miniaturization and microfluidics; learn about new technologies, new materials and fabrication approaches; understand the basic design rationales and processes; develop an understanding of the added challenges when integrating multiple functions into a single device; and get practical pointers on how to design and make (simple) prototypes.

The experienced instructors are Sabeth Verpoorte, University of Groningen, The Netherlands; Johan Nilsson, Lund University, Sweden; and Jörg P. Kutter, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. "Lab-on-a-Chip — From Technology to Bioanalysis on Chip" is one of 21 short courses to be held at SLAS2017.
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2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded for World's Tiniest Machines
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The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 is awarded to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa for their design and production of molecular machines. They have developed molecules with controllable movements, which can perform a task when energy is added. The development of computing demonstrates how the miniaturization of technology can lead to a revolution. The 2016 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry have miniaturized machines and taken chemistry to a new dimension. More


Dramatic Twists Could Upend Patent Battle Over CRISPR Genome-Editing Method
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The 9-month-old patent battle over CRISPR, a novel genome-editing tool that could have immense commercial value, has taken two surprising twists. Recently, attorneys for the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the research organizations vying for CRISPR rights, submitted motions that could let it win even if it loses. Then, a new player in the drama, a French biopharmaceutical company called Cellectis, may have made the whole fight moot, revealing it has just been issued patents that it says broadly cover genome-editing methods, including CRISPR. More


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Researchers Fabricate Microfibers for Single-cell Studies, Tissue Engineering
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Iowa State University researchers have created a new way to design and fabricate microfibers that support cell growth and could be useful tools for reconnecting nerves and regenerating other damaged tissues. "Neural stem cells on our polymer fibers could survive, differentiate and grow," said Nastaran Hashemi, an Iowa State assistant professor of mechanical engineering and leader of an Iowa State team producing microfibers with the help of microfluidics, the study of fluids moving through channels just a millionth of a meter wide. More


To Shut Down Cancer Cells, Try Giving Them Alzheimer's
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Amyloid bodies are usually unhealthy developments, most notably in Alzheimer's disease. Yet amyloid bodies, which are aggregates of alternatively folded proteins, may point to a new form of cancer therapy. Amyloid bodies put cells — including cancer cells — into a dormant state. Unfortunately, in cancer cells, amyloid bodies sometimes disaggregate, and the proteins that are released tend to resume their typical folds. The result: Cancer cells are reactivated. But what if disaggregation of amyloid bodies in cancer cells could be prevented? The cancer cells wouldn't die. They would, however, stay dormant — and they would stop contributing to the progression of cancer. More




Team Unravels Mystery of Bacteria's Antibiotic Resistance
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A popular antibiotic called rifampicin, used to treat tuberculosis, leprosy, and Legionnaire's disease, is becoming less effective as the bacteria that cause the diseases develop more resistance. One of the mechanisms leading to rifampicin's resistance is the action of the enzyme Rifampicin monooxygenase. Pablo Sobrado, a professor of biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and his team used a special technique called X-ray crystallography to describe the structure of this enzyme. More


Size Up Your State: Industry-Funded R&D
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A map shows a shaded representation of company R&D levels in each state as a percentage of that state's gross domestic product. Five states — California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas and Washington — were home to half the internal research and development performed in the U.S. by companies, according to a recent National Science Foundation report on business R&D in 2013. More


Precursor Triggering Synthesis of Self-Coupled Sulfide Polymorphs with Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Properties
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Heteronanostructures have attracted intensive attention due to their electronic coupling effects between distinct components. Despite tremendous advances of nanostructure fabrication, combining independent polymorphs by forming heterojunction is still challenging but fascinating, such as copper sulfides (Cu2xS), exhibiting varying band gaps and crystal structures with various stoichiometries. Herein, self-coupled Cu2–xS polymorphs (Cu1.94S-CuS) by a facile one-pot chemical transformation route have been reported for the first time. More


An Unobstructed View Into the Human Body
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With the help of camera-guided endoscopes, clinicians get a look inside the body's cavities to diagnose and treat many different conditions. In the United States alone, up to 20 million endoscopies are performed on patients every year. But even for the most seasoned endoscope users, the instruments can prove very challenging to use effectively; this is due to the fact that blood and other bodily fluids quite commonly obscure the camera lens in the midst of critical procedures. More


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