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Unboiling an Egg, Farting Fish and Necrophilia Among Mallards: Meet SLAS2018 Keynoter Marc Abrahams
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Striking the funny bone in scientific research gains attention for scientific breakthrough, says SLAS2018 keynoter Marc Abrahams. His annual "First Annual" Ig Nobel Prize Awards ceremony is one way he tells the tales of improbable research projects from the fish farts once mistaken for enemy submarines to the invention of a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks.

"There's so much stuff out there," Abrahams concludes. "I am quite convinced that I will hear similar great stories from a bunch of individuals in that room in San Diego." Enjoy a preview of his presentation in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine article. Photo credit: Alexey Eliseev.
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Register for SLAS2018 by Oct. 31 to Save Up to $300
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Deeply discounted SLAS2018 early-bird registration rates, exclusively for SLAS members, are available through Oct. 31. You may renew your member dues during the conference registration process, or join SLAS today to take advantage of these special rates, plus enjoy year-round member benefits through the end of 2018.

Other special rates and discounts are available for students and groups of five or more delegates from the same organization.
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SLAS2018 Students and Early Career Professionals Program Taking Shape
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SLAS is committed to encouraging and providing tools for those embarking on a career in life sciences discovery and technology. In addition to connecting students with each other and with more experienced professionals at SLAS2018, Feb. 3-7, San Diego, SLAS2018 offers discounted registration fees, travel awards, career counseling, one-on-one mentoring, career-focused interactive workshops and more.

Sudip Mondal (The University of Texas at Austin) had this to say about attending SLAS2017. "I was able to reach out to many experts from various backgrounds who have provided me with encouraging comments. A few of them have been shaping up for potential future collaborations." Register now.
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Abstracts Due Dec. 1: SLAS Europe Compound Management Conference 2018
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Submit your oral presentation abstract for consideration for the March 8-9, 2018 conference in Berlin, Germany. The Scientific Committee believes compound libraries in the drug discovery community (industry and academia) are a critical part of the discovery process. Effective library design, quality control, process management and data infrastructure are among the key factors that must be optimized and maintained to deliver compounds to facilitate researchers' investigations. The committee seeks abstract submissions in these areas:

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2. In Control: The Value of Quality Control in Compound Management
3. Innovations to Improve Compound Management
4. Working in Partnership

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Last Call! SLAS2018 Student Poster Competition Deadline is Oct. 30
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"Going to a multidisciplinary conference such as SLAS2017 to present my work helped me to get a perspective of where and how the work I do corresponds with the great research going on in my field," says doctoral candidate Alice Bong (University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia), a winner in the SLAS2017 Student Poster Competition. "It also was a huge boost in my confidence!"

SLAS rewards notable achievements by undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students who participate in the annual SLAS Student Poster Competition. Three next generation scientists presenting innovative research at SLAS2018 will earn a $500 cash award, an invitation to submit their work for fast-track publication in one of SLAS's official scientific journals and a one-on-one interview with The Lab Man.
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Make a Bigger Splash in Life Sciences with the SLAS Journals
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Read the SLAS journals to advance your research. Publish in the SLAS journals to advance your professional success.

The life sciences community counts on the rigorously peer-reviewed SLAS Discovery (Advancing Life Sciences R&D) and SLAS Technology (Translating Life Sciences Innovation) journals to gain scientific insights; increase productivity; elevate data quality; reduce process cycle times; and enable research and development that would otherwise be impossible.
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SLAS Makes It Easy for You to Invite a Colleague to SLAS2018!
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If you have benefited from an SLAS International Conference and Exhibition, let others know about the 144 podium sessions, Short Courses, a 300-plus company Exhibition, career services and abundance of intelligent network-building activities at SLAS2018, Feb. 3-7 in San Diego.

Look for the blue Invite-A-Colleague button at the top of the page at SLAS2018.org that allows you to send a notice from the system; you need only enter your name, e-mail address, personal message and the first name, last name and e-mail of recipients. Try it now, so your colleagues can register by Oct. 31 for the deepest registration discounts.
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Controlling Chemical Reactions With Electrons: Quantum Physics Paves the Way for New Chemical Products
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New research, published in Nature Physics, reveals that electrons displaying their own quantum mechanical nature (i.e., the state, such as momentum and position), can induce coherence in other molecules. Observing these low energy electrons, physicists from both The Open University and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, have discovered that chemical reactions can be controlled using electrons — rather than lasers, which are currently used — providing a much cheaper alternative to controlling chemical reactions. More


Mass Defect-Based Dimethyl Pyrimidinyl Ornithine (DiPyrO) Tags for Multiplex Quantitative Proteomics
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We have developed a novel amine-reactive mass defect-based chemical tag, dimethyl pyrimidinyl ornithine (DiPyrO), that is compact in size, is suitable for various biological samples, and enables highly multiplexed quantification of peptides at the MS1 level without increasing mass spectral complexity. The DiPyrO tag structure incorporates heavy isotopes in a variety of configurations to impart as much as 45.3 mDa or as little as 5.8 mDa per tag between labeled peptides. More




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Supramolecular Self-Assembly in a Sub-micrometer Electrodic Cavity: Fabrication of Heat-Reversible π-Gel Memristor
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The use of biomimetic approaches toward the production of nonsolid yet functional architectures holds potential for the emergence of novel device concepts. Gels, in particular those obtained via self-assembly of π-conjugated molecules, are dynamic materials possessing unique (opto)electronic properties. Their adaptive nature imparts unprecedented responsivity to various stimuli. Hitherto, a viable device platform to electrically probe in situ a sol–gel transition is still lacking. Here we describe the fabrication of a sub-micrometer electrodic cavity, which enables low-voltage electrical operation of π-gels. More


Single-Molecule Experiment Reveals Polymer Growth Spurts
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When chemists think about polymerization, they typically envision a wormlike polymer growing smoothly and continuously from a catalyst. But the actual view of how polymer growth unfolds has remained murky because of the limitations of analytical techniques. Using a pair of magnetic tweezers, optical microscopy, and spectroscopic techniques, Cornell University researchers have achieved the first real-time visualization of single polymer chain growth. More


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New Research Opens the Door to 'Functional Cure' for HIV
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In findings that open the door to a completely different approach to curing HIV infections, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have for the first time shown that a novel compound effectively suppresses production of the virus in chronically infected cells, and prevents viral rebound, even when those infected cells are subjected to vigorous stimulation. More


FDA Approves First Gene Therapy for non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved axicabtagene ciloleucel (Yescarta) to treat adult patients with certain types of large B-cell lymphoma who have not responded to or who have relapsed after at least two other kinds of treatment. Kite Pharma's Yescarta, a chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy, is the second gene therapy approved by the FDA and the first for certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. More




Cancer Immunotherapy? There's a Synthetic Gene Circuit for That
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Approaching the immune system as though it were a work of engineering in need of improved cancer-fighting programming, MIT scientists have developed gene circuits that alter gene expression in cancer cells, causing the cancer cells to come to the notice of T cells, which respond by killing the cancer cells selectively, sparing healthy cells. The scientists say that their synthetic biology approach, which has been shown to work in an in vivo model of ovarian cancer, as well as in an animal model, can be tweaked to recognize other cancers. More


Austrian Researchers Facilitate Lipid Data Analysis
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No lipids, no life. In all organisms, lipids form cell walls, store energy and release it when necessary, and play an important role in cell signalling. It has been proved that changes in the composition of lipids play a causal role in illnesses such as cancer, fatty liver and multiple sclerosis. According to rough estimates, there are about 300,000 different lipid species. For the detection of lipids indicative for diseases, healthy and sick organisms are typically compared quantitatively. More


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