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Food Poisoning Bacteria’s Sugar Coating Could Be Its Undoing
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To learn how Campylobacter hides from the body’s immune system, why some people are more susceptible than others, and the potential role that carbohydrate-based diagnostics could play in the fight against the bacterium, we spoke to Professor Rob Field, Co-founder of Iceni Diagnostics.

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Fentanyl Analogue Identification Toolkit Aids Forensic Toxicology
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Getting an arrow in the target is hard enough but imagine trying to do it when the target is constantly moving or morphs into something that doesn’t even look like the target anymore? This is the challenge for forensic scientists trying to detect fentanyl in samples. We spoke to research scientist Alex Krotulski about his group’s arms race with the evolution of fentanyl variants.

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Waters’ Highly Flexible SYNAPT XS Offers Freedom of Analytical Choice
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A highly flexible and high-resolution mass spectrometer, the SYNAPT™ XS technology from Waters has been developed with the analytical needs of R&D labs in mind. Joanne Ballantyne tells us more about the development of SYNAPT™ XS and the features to which it lends its versatility.

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NRGene Are Taking Agricultural Research to the MAX
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NRGene recently announced the launch of DeNovoMAX, an enhanced version of its flagship product DeNovoMAGIC, for whole genome assembly. As part of the DeNovo assembly product suite, DeNovoMAX aims to take agricultural research further by empowering breeding and maximizing agricultural yield. We spoke with Gal Ramot, Marketing Director at NRGene Ltd to learn about the applications of DeNovoMAX and how it has been built to crack the most "complex of genomes".

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Identifying Novel Opioid Agonists From Metabolites
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Novel drugs of abuse have been a growing problem for law enforcement and the medical profession. Consequently, they have also become a challenge for analysts in the face of new or variant chemicals. We spoke to Research Scientist Alex Krotulski about the work he is doing to identify new and emerging illicit substances.

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When Science Leaves the Lab, Microscopy Goes Portable
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Microscopy is a key tool in many areas of research, but what happens when what you want to study is in a remote location, doesn’t transport well or you need instant answers? Well, then the analysis has to go to the sample. We spoke to Andrew Monk, cofounder of ioLight, about ioLight’s conception and what makes it so special.

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A Step Towards Democratization in Mass Spectrometry: Agilent Launch Novel "Self-aware" Mass Detector
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How can vendors ensure their technologies are less complex, and therefore available to a wider range of users, without compromising on the quality of data?

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Chewing on the Fat of Food Analysis and Beyond
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To ensure safety and consistency of products within the food industry, continual analysis through the production process is essential. We spoke to Ian Olmsted, from CEM Corporation, about ORACLE, an innovative solution that enables analysts to measure fat in food and much more without the fuss of traditional techniques.

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Seeing Is Believing – How Benchtop SEMs Are Changing the Imaging Landscape
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Imaging techniques, such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), have been instrumental in giving insights into the world beyond the naked eye. Traditional SEM instruments have provided us with unprecedented details, but can be complex to use, and require a large dedicated space. The dawn and advancement of compact and user-friendly benchtop SEMs are changing this picture. We spoke to Donna Guarrera, Assistant Division Director for SM at Jeol, about the Neoscope benchtop SEM.

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ASMS Introduces… An Overview of What’s New for 2019
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The 67th American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics is currently in full swing in Atlanta, Georgia. Bringing together over 6,500 scientists from across the globe, companies working in the mass spectrometry field also take this opportunity to share their latest developments and innovations. Here we will take a look at some of the release highlights for 2019.

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