SLAS Point-to-Point
July 13, 2011

Welcome to SLAS Point-to-Point
This new weekly e-news brief from SLAS will deliver to your e-mailbox every Wednesday. Forward it to your friends and coworkers (nonmembers are welcome to subscribe).More

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood ...
... the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood is online at! This new SLAS e-zine allows laboratory science and technology professionals to share experiences and keep up-to-date with what others are thinking and doing. Take a look at launch issue features on stem cells, lab purchasing trends, SLAS's recent involvement in India and a member profile on Andy Zaayenga.More

Strive for the $10,000 SLAS Innovation Award
Do you have it in you? Be named the top presenter at SLAS2012, the 1st Annual SLAS Conference and Exhibition, and take home this prestigious award. Show us your innovative work — submit a podium abstract by Aug. 8. More

Registration open for SLAS Screening Stem Cells 2011
With five collaborating organizations, 20 expert speakers including keynoters Rudolf Jaenisch and Kevin Eggan, informative exhibits and time for connecting with peers, this SLAS global symposium offers a deep dive into this emerging field of drug discovery research. Plan to be a part of it Sept. 26-27 in Boston. More

Fall virtual courses planned
Watch for details on the September Ion Channel Assays virtual course. This three-module webinar series will be held on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. ET.More

SLAS presents ELRIG session
SLAS will present an Assay Development and Screening session at ELRIG Drug Discovery 2011, Sept. 7-8, Manchester Central, UK. Session chairs Jeff Paslay, Ph.D., SLAS Director and Richard Eglen, Ph.D., Corning, have six leading presenters lined up. More

Have you read your SLAS journals lately?
SLAS members have full online access to internationally recognized peer-reviewed scientific journals, JALA and JBS. Be sure to sign up for alerts, so you are notified when new research is published. More

Cellular origin of deadly brain cancer identified
eBio News
Using a mouse genetic system co-developed by researchers at the University of Oregon and Stanford University, a research team led by UO biologist Hui Zong has isolated the cellular origin for malignant glioma, a deadly human brain cancer. The discovery that oligodendrocyte precursor cells are the point of origin is reported online ahead of regular print publication in the July 22 issue of the journal Cell. More

Scientists turn to crowds on the web to finance projects
The New York Times
In January, a time when many scientists concentrate on grant proposals, Jennifer D. Calkins and Jennifer M. Gee, both biologists, were busy designing quail T-shirts and trading cards. The T-shirts went for $12 each and the trading cards for $15 in a fund-raising effort resembling an online bake sale. The $4,873 they raised, mostly from small donations, will pay their travel, food, lab and equipment expenses to study the elegant quail this fall in Mexico. More

Climate change reducing ocean's carbon dioxide uptake, analysis shows
Science Daily
How deep is the ocean's capacity to buffer against climate change? As one of the planet's largest single carbon absorbers, the ocean takes up roughly one-third of all human carbon emissions, reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide and its associated global changes. But whether the ocean can continue mopping up human-produced carbon at the same rate is still up in the air. More

Tecan launches Tecan Award 2011
Tecan is excited to announce that entries are now open for the 2011 Tecan Award. The Tecan Award is designed to celebrate the innovation and ingenuity of Tecan's loyal customers, bringing together some of the most impressive and imaginative uses for the Company's detection instruments. The inaugural Tecan Award in 2010 received an overwhelming response from around the world.More

NIH Lessons about Bioscience Challenge
The National Institutes of Health are making a collection of engaging, inexpensive experiments for students from kindergarten through high school, and they need your help! They're looking for experiments that meet specific criteria.More

Detecting crude oil in water
Chemical & Engineering News
On a tiny island at Scotland's northeast tip, workers at the Flotta Oil Terminal process crude oil carried by pipelines from North Sea oil fields and then pump the oil into tankers for distribution across the globe. Now researchers have shown that a type of mass spectrometry could help workers at Flotta and other oil processing facilities to detect seawater that’s contaminated with low levels of oil.More

Vitamin D may help pancreas function
NewsMax Health
Vitamin D supplements reduced risk factors for Type-2 diabetes by improving the function of insulin-producing cells in pre-diabetic volunteers, a new study has found. "The results ... suggest that vitamin D supplementation may help to improve the main defect in Type-2 diabetes," co-author Dr. Anastassios Pittas, an endocrinologist at Tufts University Medical Center in Boston, told Reuters Health in an email.More

One potato genome unraveled, three to go
New Scientist
The trusty spud could use some genetic improvement, especially in resisting disease. But the humble tuber is a genetic jungle: most potatoes hold four copies of its genome, each very different from the others, making sequencing a nightmare. A massive collaboration among scientists on four continents has now solved the problem by growing a whole plant in culture from one pollen cell. More

Research could be path to new energy sources
A team of researchers led by University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Professor Joe Chappell is making a connection from prehistoric times to the present that could result in being able to genetically create a replacement for oil and coal shale deposits. This could have fundamental implications for the future of the earth’s energy supply. More

Lithography industry extends old technique in face of setbacks with new one
Chemical & Engineering News
During a visit by President Barack Obama in February, Intel executives announced plans to build a new semiconductor facility in Chandler, Ariz. To cost more than $5 billion, the plant will be the most advanced high-volume semiconductor "fab" in the world, Intel said, making chips with features as small as 14 nm wide. More

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