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Mass Spectrometry – News and Features


New Disease Testing Component Facilitates Lower-Cost Diagnostics

Biomedical researchers have developed a new, less expensive way to detect nuclease digestion – one of the critical steps in many nucleic acid sensing applications, such as those used to identify COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
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New Method Detects Tire Toxins in Rivers

Scientists at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) have developed a robust method for detecting whether a toxic chemical used in car tyres is present in rivers, streams and lakes, and measuring its concentrations.
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Alzheimer’s Blood Test Performs As Well As Spinal Fluid Test

A simple blood test to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease soon may replace more invasive screening methods such as spinal taps, as research shows it performs just as well.
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Study Finds Microplastics in Every Human Placenta Tested

A new study has found microplastics in every human placenta the researchers tested, raising concern about the effect of environmental microplastics on human health.
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Bringing the Benefits of 4D-Lipidomics Research to the Clinic

The capabilities of trapped ion mobility spectrometry combined with automated data annotation software are driving new developments in lipid analysis. This article discusses how such advances are bringing the technology to more mainstream use, setting the foundations for future clinical research.
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Air Pollution Confuses Nighttime Pollinators

A team led by researchers at the University of Washington has discovered a major cause for a drop in nighttime pollinator activity – and people are largely to blame.
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New Analysis Method Can Detect Forever Chemicals in Under Three Minutes

A new laboratory method can detect the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), more commonly known as "forever chemicals," in a matter of minutes.
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Teabags and Processed Meats May Be Key Dietary Sources of PFAS

After comparing the eating habits of young US adults with their blood levels of PFAS, the researchers found that the participants who ate more takeouts and processed meats were more likely to have higher levels of the forever chemicals.
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New Tool Decodes Microbial Metabolism Mysteries

Using a database of over 60,000 microorganisms curated by researchers from across the globe, the new search tool instantly matches microbes to the metabolites they produce.
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Benchtop NMR Breaks New Ground

Explore how recent technical advances in the design and construction of NMR instrumentation have eliminated practical issues that faced scientists whose experiments would benefit from the power of the technique, but who needed the speed and convenience of analysis unachievable with traditional high-field instruments.