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Three new members elected to SLAS Board of Directors
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Josh Bittker, Ph.D., Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA; Richard Ellson, M.S., Labcyte, Sunnyvale, CA; and Dean Ho, Ph.D., University of California School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, CA have been elected to the SLAS Board of Directors. The three volunteers will begin serving three-year terms in January at SLAS2013. Congratulations! More

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Remembering E. Michael August, Ph.D.
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SLAS and the entire laboratory science and technology community lost a respected friend Nov. 21 when E. Michael August passed away unexpectedly. Mike was a generous and talented member of the JBS Editorial Board who began his service to the journal in 2008. He was employed by SAIC in Frederick, Md., as senior scientist and head of the Target Validation and Screening Laboratory of the National Cancer Institute. More

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High-Throughput Screening Technologies Pushing Boundaries from Bench to the Clinic
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Among the most compelling presentations at SLAS2013 will be those that represent the "best in breed of new technologies and science — particularly those that are making a difference at a practical level," says Paul Taylor, M.S., chair of the SLAS2013 High-Throughput Technologies track. The latest SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine feature article explores this evolving arena. More

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Introducing updated new looks for JALA and JBS in 2013!
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New for the new year! The front covers of JALA and JBS will look different, but behind their updated graphic designs you will continue to find the valuable scientific reports that have made these two internationally recognized journals the most highly rated benefits of SLAS membership. More


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Nine finalists to vie for $10,000 SLAS Innovation Award at SLAS2013
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Nine scientists from three countries are being honored as SLAS Innovation Award finalists for extraordinary achievement in innovative laboratory science and technology. Only one will receive a $10,000 cash prize at SLAS2013, Jan. 12-16, Orlando, Fla., and will be named at the closing session on Wednesday, Jan. 16. More


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Building Quality Biological Collections
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Katheryn Shea, president of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories, is a featured speaker in the High-Throughput Technologies track at SLAS2013 on Monday, Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. In the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine, Shea discusses collaborative efforts between automation experts and those in the very manual world of repositories. "By working together we will be able to come up with solutions that allow for high quality sample preparations that allow researchers to measure the biomarkers of interest and not artifacts of sample processing variability." ISBER is an SLAS strategic alliance. More

SLAS2013 will have a full house in Orlando!
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Due to high demand, guest room availability at the Gaylord Palms for SLAS2013 is very limited. But, don't get discouraged or let that prevent you from attending. Although some nights may be sold out, hotel availability can change and rooms may become available through cancellations, so continue to regularly check with the Gaylord. For those interested, lodging options outside of the Gaylord are available. Visit the SLAS2013 website for up-to-date information. More

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Science matters: Holding the line on good laboratory practices
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The mistakes we all made coming up in the industry — the "freshman effect" — were almost unavoidable. Checking and rechecking kept us in check, and this was our go-to strategy as we became experts. That safety net all comes down to the three schoolhouse R's, and it can save our industry a significant amount of money. More



Beyond the patent cliff
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A cliff. It is a handy geographic metaphor for an impending deadline with perilous consequences. For example, all eyes are on Washington, D.C., this month as the White House and Congress confront the fiscal cliff, an end-of-the-year deadline for budgeting that will trigger a slew of automatic penalties if an agreement cannot be reached. But that isn't the only precipice around. For the pharmaceutical industry, the last days of 2012 will mark the end of the patent cliff. More

Mutated gene leads to ALS
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A Purdue University biochemist has determined the function of a gene that when mutated leads to a genetic variation of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. James Clemens found that a gene called VAPB is responsible for transporting certain proteins to their proper places along neurons. When the gene is mutated or deleted, these proteins are unable to make it to locations in neurons where their function is critically required. More


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More than a third of high-risk leukemia patients respond to experimental drug
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A new drug for patients with acute myeloid leukemia marked by a specific type of genetic mutation has shown surprising promise in a Phase II clinical trial. In more than a third of participants, the leukemia was completely cleared from the bone marrow, and as a result, many of these patients were able to undergo potentially curative bone marrow transplants, according to investigators. More

Re-thinking science leadership
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Listen to a group of scientists in December and January, and you're likely to hear these and other complaints about performance appraisal dysfunction. Many science organizations do performance appraisals at year-end. Few do them well. It's understandable. How is it possible to assess a scientist's performance when positive experimental results may reflect sloppy lab work more than creativity or clear thinking? More

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New biomaterial gets 'sticky' with stem cells
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Just like the bones that hold up your body, your cells have their own scaffolding that holds them up. This scaffolding, known as the extracellular matrix, or ECM, not only props up cells but also provides attachment sites, or "sticky spots," to which cells can bind, just as bones hold muscles in place. A new study found these sticky spots are distributed randomly throughout the extracellular matrix in the body. More

Scientists discover mechanism that could reduce obesity
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Approximately 68 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, according to the National Cancer Institute, which puts them at greater risk for developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and a host of other chronic illnesses. But an international team of scientists has successfully reversed obesity in mice by manipulating the production of an enzyme known as tyrosine-protein kinase-2. More

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Protein found responsible for some genetic deafness
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Some people lose their hearing because they simply age; some because of too much loud noise. For some, the ability to hear never developed. Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., have discovered a protein that is responsible for one form of genetic deafness. The protein helps turn sound into electrical signals. More

Science can now turn human urine into brain cells
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It turns out urine isn't just human waste. Chinese researchers have managed to reprogram kidney cells harvested from urine samples into neural cell progenitors — immature brain cells that can develop into various types of glial cells and neurons. Reprogramming cells has been done before, of course, but not with cells gleaned from urine and not via a method this direct. More


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