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Rapid Test Identifies Wildfire Taint in Wine Grapes
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Scientists have devised a new rapid and accurate test to enable wine producers to evaluate the effects of wildfire smoke damage on their crops prior to wine production. We spoke to Dr Wesley Zandberg about the new approach and how science is working with the wine industry.

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SWATH-MS Generates Highly Reproducible Data
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Scientists looked to address the quantitative and qualitative reproducibility of SWATH-mass spectrometry (MS). The study concluded that detection of large numbers of proteins from highly heterogeneous samples is not only feasible but provides reliable and reproducible quantitative results.

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Diamond Light Source in its Anniversary Year
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The UK’s national synchrotron, Diamond Light Source, celebrates its double anniversary this year. 2017 sees them mark 15 years since the company was formed, and on the 19th October, they commemorated 10 years since their official opening by Her Majesty the Queen.

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Pumpkins Hold the Key to Natural Disinfectants
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Specific bacterial communities found on Styrian oilseed pumpkins were found to produce highly effective volatiles that inhibited the growth of both human and plant pathogens. The discovery has been applied to decontamination of hatching eggs which is currently performed using toxic formaldehyde.

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Utilising Liquid Chromatography for Evaluating Toxic Histones in Packaged Fish
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Researchers utilised liquid chromatography to investigate the effects of polyethylene packaging (PEP) in air versus vacuum packaging (VP) on deterioration of fish products, a common cause of scombroid food poisoning.

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Key Challenges and Pain Points in the Global Laboratory Market
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To better understand the key challenges and pain points in the global laboratory market, Agilent commissioned Frost & Sullivan to carry out an independent survey of 700 scientists across the laboratory employee spectrum. Here we highlight a selection of the survey’s key findings.

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Improved Analysis of Bloodstains at Crime Scenes
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Analyzing bloodstains at crime scenes can play a key role in law enforcement efforts to identify criminals. Current testing methods however are not without their limitations, and improvements could help forensic practitioners to learn more about a suspect in a shorter timescale.

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ASMS 2017: Powerful Tools for Food Safety, Toxicology, and Forensics
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The evolution of complete workflow offerings and simplified interfaces for non-expert users is particularly important for individuals working in food, forensic, and environmental applications.

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Mass Spectrometry Workflow Solutions Top Lab Managers’ Wish Lists at ASMS 2017
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Streamlining workflows and easing lab manager “pain points” were common themes at this year’s annual meeting of the American Society of Mass Spectrometry (ASMS).

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Trends in NMR: Current perspectives and future directions
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From its development in the late 1940s and early 1950s, NMR spectroscopy has gone on to become the predominant method for the analysis of organic compounds.

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