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The Society for Biomolecular Sciences and the Association for Laboratory Automation have proposed a merger to create the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening. The societies are waiting for approval from their members. SBS President Jeff Paslay says that despite serving different scientific niches, members of both societies have similar educational interests and member service priorities.

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