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Purchasing products: Experiences with scientists and suppliers
Recently, we asked over 900 members of the SAB to tell us more about how they purchase products through life science suppliers, and the factors that influence their selection of supplier.  Discuss
Understanding the role of active microbes in soil may now be possible due to new technology
Researchers use bioorthogonal non-canonical amino-acid tagging (BONCAT) to successfully isolate active microbes present in soil samples.  Discuss
Customer service and technical support: From your perspective
Over 700 members of the SAB recently took part in a survey regarding their experiences with customer service and technical support through life science suppliers. We thought you’d like to know a little more about some of the results from this project, to understand how some of the research we conduct with your help ends up!  Discuss
Experimental Therapeutic Treatment for Deadly Tick-Borne Virus
Findings of the treatment of Bourbon disease in mice were published on June 13 in PLOS Pathogens. Only a few cases of the newly discovered Bourbon virus have been reported, and two of them ended in death, partly because no specific treatments are available for the tick-borne illness. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified an experimental antiviral drug, often used to treat the flu, that cures mice infected with the potentially lethal virus.  Discuss
UK Scientists Weigh In on Brexit and Laboratory Spending - Science Advisory Board Insights
The long road to a resolution of the Brexit situation appeared to be nearing an end earlier this year, with the deadline set for March 29 to finalize how Britain would exit the EU. A “hard” Brexit, the case if no EU-Britain agreement is reached, would remove Britain from the EU’s single market among other consequences. A “soft” exit would result in Britain remaining part of the single market, but not an EU member. With a government stalemate in Britain, the EU agreed to extend the deadline until October 31, though a deal may come sooner.  Discuss
The Intersection of Life Scientists and Social Media: A Revolution
How do your peers receive information online and how do they utilize social media as a means of learning new information and sharing content? These are just a few of the questions that our colleagues at BioInformatics Inc. explored in a recent report about digital marketing to life scientists.  Discuss
AACR 2019: Sessions Detail Advances in Liquid Biopsies, Machine Learning and Technology Transfer
This year, AACR took place in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Georgia World Congress Center from March 29 to April 3. The conference brought together 21,000 scientists and life science professionals, and 533 exhibiting companies. Sessions not only covered the newest clinical and translational research, but also how AI and machine learning are improving our ability to understand what we already know on a genomic level. Organizations such as the NCI presented on topics including policy, technology transfer and the benefits of private-public partnerships.  Discuss
Modest Growth for Lab Automation
Lab automation refers to a collection of technologies that are involved in making faster and more efficient repetitive laboratory tasks. Lab automation generally consists of six categories: liquid handling; microplate readers; LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System), ELN/LES (Electronic Laboratory Notebook/Laboratory Execution System) and SDMS (Scientific Data Management System); multiplex and high-throughput ELISA systems; informatics; and robotics. Each of these techniques aims to increase the speed, efficiency, and accuracy of lab work, and enhance overall productivity.  Discuss
Is Your Food Fit to Feast?
Almost everything you eat or drink exists within the confines of modern-day food safety guidelines, standards, and laws. Before it enters the grocery store or restaurant kitchen (and later, your stomach), the raw materials and final product have most likely been tested, processed, manufactured, monitored, validated, quality-checked, characterized, and certified – all before being shipped to its final destination for consumer purchase.  Discuss
CRISPR-Cas9's Impact on Current Tools and Techniques
Diving into the second part of the CRISPR workflow series, we are exploring how our panel believes that current tools, techniques and methods will be impacted due to the increased abundance of CRISPR technology in their labs. We know that life science suppliers are seeking preeminence in newly formed product lines for CRISPR/Cas9 kits and consumables, yet the ripple-effect of CRISPR’s rise may be felt in more mature applications that are used for validation in the CRISPR/Cas9 workflow.  Discuss
Conferences
Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) 2020
January 25-29
San Diego, California United States
American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Biothreats
January 28-30
Arlington, Virginia United States
Festival of Genomics 2020
January 29-30
London, Greater London United Kingdom
Medlab Middle East
February 3-6
Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates
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