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Talking Vitamin D and COVID-19 With Professor Adrian Martineau
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Professor Adrian Martineau at Queen Mary University of London is the lead researcher on the CORONAVIT trial that is exploring the effectiveness of correcting vitamin D deficiency in reducing the risk of developing COVID-19. In this interview, we ask Martineau about the rationale behind this study, what impact the UK COVID-19 vaccine rollout may have on the power of the trial and the potential impact of the results.

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The Coronavirus Pandemic
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On December 31, 2019, the first cases of a novel coronavirus were identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Here, we curate a collection of news and content related to what has become the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Teach Me in 10
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At Technology Networks we understand the importance of time. That's why we've launched Teach Me in 10 a video series that challenges scientists to present and summarize their research area, a scientific concept, or technology in ten minutes or less.

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Gas Chromatography
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In this article, we bring together resources from the across the site on gas chromatography, how it works, its pairing with downstream techniques and what its applications are.

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Recent Workshop Emphasizes Why the Cannabis Industry Needs To Get Better at Measuring Heavy Metals
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There is no question that the lack of federal oversight with regard to heavy metals in medicinal cannabis products in the US has meant that it has been left to the individual states to regulate its use. However, the cannabis plant is known to be a hyper-accumulator of heavy metals in the soil and growing medium, so it’s critical to monitor levels to ensure cannabis products are safe to use.

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How To Ensure a Contaminant-Free Cannabis Product
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To overcome the unique challenges associated with analyzing cannabis and hemp products, and to meet regulations, it's crucial for labs to focus on four key testing areas: the contaminants of residual pesticides and mycotoxins, heavy metals, and solvents, as well as quantifying THC/CBD potency.

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Elevating Reproducibility and Recovery in Solid-Phase Extraction
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Solid-phase extraction (SPE) is commonly used to purify and concentrate complex samples prior to analysis, but consistency issues, poor recovery and insufficiently clean sample extracts are a problem. Recent innovations, however, are supporting the development of robust, efficient and easy-to-use SPE methods that enhance sensitivity, reproducibility and precision in bioanalysis.

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From Laborious to Rapid: How Paper Spray Ionization Is Accelerating Forensic Toxicology and Clinical Research Testing
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Laboratories involved in drug analysis, such as clinical research and forensic toxicology, face the daunting challenge of reliably identifying and quantifying drugs and delivering accurate and timely results. In this article, we explore the implementation of paper spray technology for developing a streamlined, reliable method for analysis of drugs of abuse across a range of biological matrices.

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Liquid Chromatography – Including HPLC, UHPLC and LCxLC
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Liquid chromatography (LC) is a technique used to separate and analyze mixtures of chemical components in solution, to determine if a specific component is present and if so, how much of it is there. In this article we explore how LC works, how the technique has evolved, LC data interpretation and strengths and limitations.

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Workshop on Heavy Metals in Cannabis by ICP-MS Now Available To View
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Twelve months ago, in conjunction with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC), I put together a workshop on measuring heavy metal contaminants in cannabis by ICP-MS in Columbia, MD. Read about some of the highlights in this article.

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