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SLAS ELN Reports: From Burettes to Pipettes to Robots — Master Liquid Handling Basics for Peak Performance
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"A lot of scientists get thrown into the liquid handling arena when they start their careers," notes Dana Campbell of Artel. "They may start in hand pipetting, and then need to learn how to run a robot, or operate a liquid handler. There's a big learning curve, and what our course is designed to do is bring fundamental knowledge to a lot of these users so that they can get the most out of their instruments."

Campbell is one of three instructors for the SLAS2016 Short Course "Liquid Handling Essentials" which is detailed in a new SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine feature article. Learn about additional SLAS2016 Short Courses.
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JALA Podcast Features Major Breakthrough by USDA
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The feasibility of a yeast artificial chromosome (YAC) containing a multi-gene cassette as a stable protein expression system in yeast is detailed in the December issue of JALA.

The manuscript, entitled "Process for Assembly and Transformation into Saccharomyces cerevisiae of a Synthetic Yeast Artificial Chromosome Containing a Multigene Cassette to Express Enzymes That Enhance Xylose Utilization Designed for an Automated Platform," reports the work of an international team led by Stephen Hughes, Ph.D., of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR), Renewable Product Technology Research Unit, in Peoria, IL.
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SLAS Webinar Dec. 9: Genetic Control System Design and Engineering for Synthetic Biology
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Next week, James M. Carothers of the University of Washington Center for Synthetic Biology and Molecular Engineering & Sciences describes approaches for combining advanced computational simulations with massively-scaled experimental analysis to test the limits of what can be accomplished through genetic control system design and enable production of medically and industrially relevant materials.

The Dec. 9 SLAS Webinar, rescheduled from Nov. 18, is presented by JALA and JBS, the official journals of SLAS, and is free to SLAS dues-paying members.
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Win a $500 Amazon Gift Card: Enter the JALA & JBS Art of Science Contest
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Visualization plays an important role in the presentation of scientific work, and scientific images often create mesmerizing shapes, patterns and designs that capture attention and imagination. These are the images JALA and JBS seek for the 2016 Art of Science Contest.

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A Look at 2016 Laboratory Purchasing Expectations
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The Laboratory Products Association (LPA) and SLAS host a special session to announce the preliminary results of the annual North American Survey of Laboratory Purchasing Trends (LPT), Monday, Jan. 25, from 7-8 a.m. at SLAS2016 in San Diego.

"SLAS2016 participants are invited to sit in on the session to see how laboratories across North America are planning to invest in equipment, staffing and facilities in 2016," says SLAS CEO Greg Dummer. "In addition, SLAS dues-paying members will have access to the full LPT report when it's published in the members' only section of SLAS.org.”

The report details personnel and workload changes, laboratory products spending, non-capital and capital equipment budgets and the data is provided by organizational categories for further comparison.
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Code Orange on Winning Team at World Adolescent Robotics Contest in Beijing
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An SLAS-supported FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) team from Irvine, CA, was part of the winning alliance at the World Adolescent Robotics Contest in Beijing, China in late November. The contest took place during the World Robot Conference, which featured a robust forum of activities focused on international research and key applications of robotic technology. The Code Orange team is pictured here at the entrance to the World Robot Conference.

"We are all so very proud of these students," says volunteer coach Marge Brannon. "Thank you for supporting our team."
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How Computers Are Helping Chemists Discover Materials That Don't Yet Exist
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The path that chemists typically follow to discover new materials is paved with decades of trial-and-error experiments. Guided by chemical intuition, researchers synthesize substances and then tweak experimental conditions, generating new versions until a material arises with the properties they're looking for. Nowadays, however, some scientists are trying to cut down on the time, effort and molecular building blocks consumed during materials discovery by taking an alternative route—one that's guided by computational chemistry. More


Biomedical Imaging at One-Thousandth the Cost
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MIT researchers have developed a biomedical imaging system that could ultimately replace a $100,000 piece of a lab equipment with components that cost just hundreds of dollars. The system uses a technique called fluorescence lifetime imaging, which has applications in DNA sequencing and cancer diagnosis, among other things. So the new work could have implications for both biological research and clinical practice. More


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Fiddling With Human Genes
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This week in Washington, D.C., the U.S. National Academies of Sciences and Medicine, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the U.K.'s Royal Society are holding a meeting with leading gene-editing experts to discuss the use of tools like CRISPR/Cas9 on humans. "It's a very exciting time, but as with any powerful technology, there is always the risk that something will be done either intentionally or unintentionally that somehow has ill effects," CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna told The Guardian. More


New Finding on Synapse Destruction May Open Path to Alzheimer's Therapy
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A team led by scientists at the University of New South Wales in Australia say they have discovered how connections between brain cells are destroyed in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. They believe their work opens up a new avenue for research on possible treatments for the degenerative brain condition. "One of the first signs of Alzheimer's disease is the loss of synapses — the structures that connect neurons in the brain," noted study leader, Vladimir Sytnyk, Ph.D., of the UNSW School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences. More


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Women Left Behind as Scientific Enterprise Grows
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The number of researchers at work today throughout the world — about 7.8 million — has grown 21 percent in the past six years, according to the UNESCO Science Report: Towards 2030, published Nov. 10. "This remarkable growth is also reflected in the explosion of scientific publications," which increased by 23.4 percent between 2008 and 2014 — from 1,029,471 to 1,270,425 a year — the report adds. The report offers a trove of detailed information about the scientific enterprise, both worldwide and in specific countries. More


Chemist's Technique Can Identify a Fingerprint as Male or Female
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Culprits beware: A University at Albany research group, led by assistant chemistry professor Jan Halámek, is taking crime scene fingerprint identification to a new level. Halámek and his team of researchers have discovered a straightforward concept for identifying whether a culprit is male or female. It's based on the content in fingerprints — specifically amino acids. According to known literature, amino acid levels in the sweat of females are about twice as high as in males. More




Scientists Reveal Potential Treatment for Life-Threatening Viral Infections
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Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have shown for the first time how a previously unknown process works to promote infection in a number of dangerous viruses, including dengue, West Nile and Ebola. The new study also points to a potential treatment, an experimental antibiotic that appears to inhibit infection by these deadly viruses, all of which lack vaccines and treatments. More


Characterization of Magnetic Nanoparticles in Biological Matrices
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The interactions between magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) and biological matrices such as cells, tissues, or whole organisms provide an intriguing area of study. Magnetic NPs can be used in vitro or in vivo intentionally as MRI contrast agents, cell sorting materials, or as a component of therapy. They can also naturally occur within biological matrices as in magnetotactic bacteria or various vertebrates such as pigeons, salmon, and even humans, where magnetic NPs have been found in teeth or brain matter. More


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