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$500 Amazon Gift Card Prize Sweetens the JALA & JBS Art of Science Contest
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Submit your original scientific image by 10 p.m. U.S. central time Dec. 24 for the opportunity to win both an SLAS2016 registration and a $500 Amazon gift card.

Pictured here is the 2014 winning image from Tomasz Koprowski, Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering, Zurich, Switzerland. "The Tree of Life" features C. elegans worms on a chunk of agar. "The curved bodies of nematodes, pointing away from an agar formation, make the whole composition look like an ancient oak tree," Koprowski says.


2015 SLAS Innovation Award Finalists Named
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From Michigan to Toronto to Macclesfield — on topics including sample preparation, flow cytometry automated analysis, droplet manipulation and thermofluorimetric analysis — 10 scientific presenters move forward in the quest for the $10,000 SLAS Innovation Award.

Recognizing extraordinary achievement in laboratory science and technology, the 10 SLAS Innovation Award finalists will be judged by a panel of their peers when they present their work at SLAS2015, Feb. 7-11, Washington, DC.

Pictured here is 2014 SLAS Innovation Award winner Patrick Beattie (left) with Kyle Lapham, SLAS Awards and Grants Advisory Committee chair.


SLAS2015 Exhibition Breaks Record
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Leading multinational providers of laboratory technology and related products and services are supporting the Society's first visit to Washington, DC, for the 4th Annual SLAS Conference and Exhibition, Feb. 7-11, 2015.

"This week, we hit an all-time high and reserved our 581st exhibit booth for SLAS2015," reports SLAS Exhibition Manager Barry Sacks. See who is exhibiting.

Register for the SLAS2015 conference before Jan. 9, 2015, to take advantage of discount pricing. Admission to the exhibition is free, but requires registration.

SLAS2015 Keynote Speaker Laurie Garrett: Facing Death Without Spreading Disease
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"The most 'intense' Ebola epidemic in the world, as the World Health Organization puts it, can now be found in Sierra Leone, which is witnessing more than 500 laboratory-confirmed new cases per week, and hundreds more suspected and uncounted infections," writes Garrett in a Dec. 11 report in Foreign Policy, and explains how traditional burial practices contribute to the spread.

Garrett addresses SLAS2015 participants Feb. 11 in Washington, DC, in a session titled, "Betrayal of Trust: Critical Issues in Global Healthcare."

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    JBS Special Issue Call for Manuscript Proposals: Advances in Mass Spectrometry within Drug Discovery
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    Guest Editors Ian Wilson, Ph.D., and Jonathan Wingfield, Ph.D., encourage abstract submissions by April 10. Areas of interest include techniques for reducing sample volumes, new ionization technologies, mass spectrometry imaging, rapid methods of drug bioanalysis and novel applications of mass spectrometry in omics studies of efficacy and toxicity.

    SLAS members and nonmembers alike are invited to submit proposals. If selected, final manuscripts and related materials would be due July 1.

    SLAS ELN Reports: Value and Innovation — SLAS is Greater than the Sum of its Parts
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    "Collectively, as a community, we spark ideas and opportunities for life sciences R&D professionals at all levels,"” states SLAS President Daniel G. Sipes in his SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine column. "I believe in the SLAS mission and I believe that, with help from SLAS, our members are changing the world."

    As Sipes enters his last months as SLAS president, he reflects on how the Society has benefitted him during his tenure. He also encourages readers to discover SLAS through the words and experiences of their peers in the SLAS Meet the Members video series.



    'Genome Editing' Could Correct Genetic Mutations for Future Generations
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    Scientists at Indiana University and colleagues at Stanford and the University of Texas have demonstrated a technique for "editing" the genome in sperm-producing adult stem cells, a result with powerful potential for basic research and for gene therapy. The researchers completed a "proof of concept" experiment in which they created a break in the DNA strands of a mutant gene in mouse cells, then repaired the DNA through a process called homologous recombination. More

    Composite Materials Can Be Designed in a Supercomputer 'Virtual Lab'
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    Scientists have shown how advanced computer simulations can be used to design new composite materials. Nanocomposites, which are widely used in industry, are revolutionary materials in which microscopic particles are dispersed through plastics. But their development until now has been largely by trial and error. More


    On-Off Switch for Critical Stem Cell Gene Discovered
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    University of Toronto researchers investigating stem cells in mice report for the first time an instance of a relationship between the Sox2 gene, which is critical for early development, and a region elsewhere on the genome that effectively regulates its activity. The discovery could mean a significant advance in human regenerative medicine, as the Sox2 gene is essential for maintaining embryonic stem cells that can develop into any cell type of a mature animal. More

    A New Tool for Monitoring Pharmaceutical Freeze Drying
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    SP Scientific has published a new white paper by William J. Kessler of Physical Sciences Inc. that examines the benefits of applying Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS) for monitoring of pharmaceutical freeze drying processes. The paper discusses how through the combination of TDLAS Near-IR spectroscopic measurements and a well-established heat and mass transfer model describing freeze drying, users can obtain information about key process parameters affecting end product quality and provides an informative introduction to the physics behind the TDLAS principle of operation. More

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    Loops and Folds of Our DNA to Shed Light on Disease
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    Lots of things look clearer in 3-D, and that goes for the genome, too. The human genome was sequenced about 10 years ago, but that still left us with much to learn about its structure and function. Some of the gaps have since been filled, but how our full complement of DNA — 1.8 meters long when stretched out — fits into the nuclei of our cells remained elusive. More

    If Cells Can't Move ... Cancer Can't Grow
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    By blocking a widespread enzyme, Centenary researchers have shown they can slow down the movement of cells and potentially stop tumors from spreading and growing. Using a new super-resolution microscope, they've been able to see single molecules of the enzyme at work in a liver cancer cell line. Then they've used confocal microscopes to see how disrupting the enzyme slows down living cancer cells. More

    Turning Deadly Chemical Agents into Harmless Soil    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Destroying chemical warfare agents in bulk is a challenge for the military and international community. Current methods of eradication, such as incineration or hydrolysis, create toxic waste that requires further processing. And the logistics required to transport large stockpiles from storage to a disposal site can be risky and expensive. More


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