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Rapid Detection of Designer Drugs Presents Challenges for Law Enforcement and Forensic Toxicology
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The rise of designer drugs is creating new challenges for both law enforcement and forensic toxicology laboratories, leading to new methods to identify and combat the often-deadly substances.

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Types of Pollution: Have You Considered Pharmaceutical Waste?
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Despite regulation and legislation regarding the methods by which pharmaceutical companies must treat waste water, reports indicate that manufacturers are continuing to discharge untreated or inappropriately treated waste into the environment. The problem is having devastating impacts on human health, the environment and antimicrobial resistance is soaring.

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Emerging Contaminants in Water: Sources, Effects and Treatments
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Few could argue that water is not one of the most precious resources on the planet. Water contaminants are emerging from some surprising sources that threaten the health and welfare of humans, animals and the ecosystem. Consequently, novel approaches must be taken to try and combat the growing issue.

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The War on Plastics: Is It Too Little Too Late?
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With UK Prime Minister Theresa May announcing today that UK supermarkets must have a plastic free aisle as part of her government’s 25-year environmental improvement plan, it is the latest in a line of reforms seeking to reduce the harmful plastic contamination that has become a worldwide scourge.

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Practical Guidance for the Confident Application of Differential Scanning Calorimetry
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In this article, we provide practical guidance for the application of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), a core technique for studying the stability and higher order structure (HOS) of proteins. We explain how DSC works, and highlight good practice for ensuring optimal data quality. The interpretation and value of the resulting data is also discussed.

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NMR Spectroscopy: A Brief Guide
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Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is a non-destructive analytical technique that enables interrogation of the nature and structure of organic compounds. It is proving an invaluable tool in food provenance investigation and recent advances to improve analysis speed and sensitivity look set to continue this trend.

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Lipidomics Opens Doors to Understanding Stem Cell Differentiation
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It has long been known that the fats we consume in our diet can have an impact on our health. However, their implications on cell differentiation has not previously been understood. We spoke to Professor Ilya Levental about his group's exciting work in this field, the role of lipidomics and how this may affect the future of healthcare.

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Types of Biosensors and Evolving Applications: Glucose Monitoring to Personalized Health
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Since its origins in the 1960s, the biosensors field has grown to encompass a wide range of sensors, from enzyme-based to immunosensors to DNA biosensors. Along with this, a diverse set of applications have flourished, with biosensors finding roles in food safety, medical diagnostics, and environmental analysis to name just a few.

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Spectroscopic Techniques for Food Analysis to Combat Adulteration and Fraud
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Food fraud takes many forms, including adulteration, package tampering, outright counterfeiting of products or ingredients, mislabeling, intentional use of illegal or substandard ingredients, manufacturing shortcuts to lower production costs, and many others. Thanks to modern technology, detecting food fraud is mostly an analytical chemistry exercise, with choice of methodology depending on the quality attribute the food detective is looking for.

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The Importance of Aflatoxin Discrimination in Food Testing
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Aflatoxins have been an issue in food and feed since the 1970’s, but the first global effort to regulate them took place in 2003. Aflatoxin B1 is by far the most prevalent and potent sub-type. Accordingly, maximum levels for B1 are set lower than total aflatoxin levels which highlights the need to test these two measures independently.

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