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SLAS Americas Council: Vote by Nov. 5
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Choose from four qualified candidates: John Thomas Bradshaw (Artel, Westbrook, ME), Neal Cosby (Promega Corporation, Sunnyvale, CA), Maureen Stone (Labcyte, Milwaukee, WI) and Andrea Weston (Bristol-Myers Squibb, Wallingford, CT).

All dues-paying SLAS members from the Americas are eligible to vote, and should have received a separate e-mail with their personal membership information and a hyperlink to the online ballot. Voting ends at 11:59 pm CST on Nov. 5, 2015. If you have any questions or did not receive your voting invitation e-mail, please contact Brenda Dreier.


Congratulations to SLAS Tony B. Academic Travel Award Winners!
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59 students from 15 countries will travel to SLAS2016 to present their scientific work, Jan. 23-27, San Diego, including 12 who have been selected for scientific podium presentations. Tony B. winners earn roundtrip travel, shared hotel accommodations and full conference registration.

The Tony B. Academic Travel Awards honor the late Tony Beugelsdijk, Ph.D., an inspirational and iconic leader in the field of life sciences R&D who made an extraordinary impact on the SLAS community.

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SLAS Webinar Nov. 18: Genetic Control System Design and Engineering for Synthetic Biology
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James M. Carothers of the University of Washington Center for Synthetic Biology and Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute believes the combination of 50+ years of research in molecular life sciences and new capabilities for inexpensively synthesizing and analyzing DNA have created tremendous potential for engineering cells to solve pressing real-world problems.

He describes approaches for combining advanced computational simulations with massively-scaled experimental analysis to both test the limits of what can be accomplished through genetic control system design and enable production of medically and industrially relevant materials. The Nov. 18 SLAS Webinar, presented by JALA and JBS, the official journals of SLAS, is free to SLAS dues-paying members.


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Last Chance! SLAS2016 Member Registration Discounts End Oct. 30
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SLAS members who register for SLAS2016 by Oct. 30 pay $810 — a $300 discount off the regular registration fee. Registrants can renew SLAS membership or join the Society via the SLAS2016 registration process. In addition to the $300 savings, SLAS members enjoy other discounts, advantages and year-round resources, such as subscriptions to the MEDLINE-indexed SLAS scientific journals, real-time and on-demand SLAS Webinars, access to the annual North American Survey of Laboratory Purchasing Trends and recordings of select scientific sessions from past conferences.

More information on SLAS2016 scientific podium presentations can be found in the Event Scheduler; other details are available in the newly released preliminary program.

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Gribbon and Parker Elected to SLAS Europe Council
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Philip Gribbon of Fraunhofer IME, Hamburg, Germany, and Christian Parker of Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Basel, Switzerland, begin three-year terms on the SLAS Europe Council in January 2016.

The two were elected by dues-paying SLAS members in the Europe region. Gribbon and Parker join five colleagues on the Council to provide hands-on responsibility for the Society’s programs, products, services and events in their region.


Open for Business: The MarketPlace at
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SLAS President Dean Ho discusses the newly renovated portal to technology companies, products and services — The MarketPlace at — in his latest From the SLAS President column in the SLAS e-zine.

"The SLAS community is a unique nexus of scientists, engineers and technologists who ingeniously adapt, develop and/or create new technologies to solve scientific problems," Ho says. "Members rely on SLAS to learn about emerging technologies and how they can be harnessed to advance and accelerate research. The MarketPlace is a veritable who's who in life sciences R&D and technology."

JBS Online Features New Manuscripts Ahead-of-Print
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"Establishment of a Human Neuronal Network Assessment System by Using a Human Neuron/Astrocyte Co-Culture Derived from Fetal Neural Stem/Progenitor Cells," "Advantages and Challenges of Phenotypic Screens: The Identification of Two Novel Antifungal Geranylgeranyltransferase I Inhibitors" and "Isolation of Potent CGRP Neutralizing Antibodies Using Four Simple Assays" are among the new manuscripts available only to SLAS Biomolecular Sciences Section members and JBS subscribers ahead-of-print. More

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More CRISPR Proteins Discovered
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Scouring genomic databases for sequences with similarity to the components of the CRISPR/Cas9 system and the recently identified CRISPR/Cpf1 system, researchers from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, MIT, and Rutgers University have discovered three novel CRISPR systems that could one day provide new gene-editing tools to supplement the currently used CRISPR/Cas9 system. More

New Microscopic Imaging Technology Reveals Origins of Leukemia
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Scientists at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research at the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology have taken advantage of revolutionary developments in microscopic imaging to reveal the origins of leukemia. The researchers studied tiny protein-producing factories, called ribosomes, isolated from cells. They capitalized on improvements made at the LMB to a high-powered imaging technique known as single particle cryo-electron microscopy. More


Optimizing and Troubleshooting PCR
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PCR gives a "yes/no" answer at the end of amplification, whereas qPCR detects product in real time as it is being amplified, hence the "RT" and "q" designations. qPCR amplification curves generated from fluorescence detection provide an accurate measure of how much material the analyst began with. By contrast, conventional or "end point" PCR results are visualized through gel electrophoresis, and thus give at best semiquantitative measurements through the use of gel standards. More

3-D Printing Soft Body Parts: A Hard Problem That Just Got Easier
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Humans are squishy. That's a problem for researchers trying to construct artificial tissues and organs, and one that two separate teams of engineers may have just solved. Using a dish of goo the consistency of mayonnaise as a supporting "bath," a team led by biomedical engineer Adam Feinberg at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, can now print 3-D biological materials that don't collapse under their own weight as they form — a difficulty that has long stood in the way of printing soft body parts. More

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An Interface Coassembly in Biliquid Phase: Toward Core-Shell Magnetic Mesoporous Silica Microspheres with Tunable Pore Size
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Core–shell magnetic mesoporous silica microspheres (Magn-MSMs) with tunable large mesopores in the shell are highly desired in biocatalysis, magnetic bioseparation, and enrichment. In this study, a shearing assisted interface coassembly in n-hexane/water biliquid systems is developed to synthesize uniform Magn-MSMs with magnetic core and mesoporous silica shell for an efficient size-selective biocatalysis. More

Material Inspired by Nature Could Turn Water Into Fuel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scientists have theoretically designed a new material that could help supply the world with clean energy by turning water into fuel, using just the power of the sun. Chemists at the University of Reading say a new catalyst, which mimics the way plants absorb energy from the sun, could make the energy-sapping job of splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen relatively easy. More

Largest Ever Genomic Study for Eczema Finds New Genetic Risk Factors
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With cold winter temperatures looming around the corner for much of the northern hemisphere, the arid frigid air seemingly brings along with it dry, itchy skin. Yet, for a fair number of people, this type of skin malady is a constant part of life, regardless of the season. Atopic dermatitis — commonly known as eczema — is an inflammatory skin disorder that affects one out of every five children and between 5 and 10% of the adult population. More

Wood-Based Alternatives in Chemistry
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Researchers at the University of Alabama, in collaboration with colleagues in Germany, have developed a new way to use wood or other kinds of biomass to make chemical materials without relying on the usual non-renewable petrochemical starting materials. The idea, the researchers said, is to produce everyday products from renewable resources while remaining economically competitive and without harming the environment. More


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