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How to Stop Your Mass Spectrometer Procrastination

If 10 years ago you told me I would be writing an article about avoiding procrastination I would have laughed as I thought I was a procrastinator myself. I have come to realise that it wasn’t ‘true’ p...

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How Not to Waste an Entire Day – Even in Research

Recently, I was applying for a visa to visit India. I had two options – either I walk my application into the San Francisco Indian Embassy or I could mail in my application and my passport. The number...

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Building Immunity with the Right Tools

Worldwide, researchers are searching for ways to boost the immune system’s ability to fight cancer; one such way is by developing novel therapeutics within the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industr...

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Science Taking Lead on Cannabis to Accelerate Research

Canada’s legalization of cannabis may someday be seen as a turning point for science, when laboratory doors were opened for scientists to advance our understanding of the ancient plant using modern re...

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Where Were You…?

Every generation has a moment in history which is iconic and defining – it may be the Kennedy assassination, the first man on the moon, the collapse of the World Trade Center – we all have unforgettab...

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Which Mass Spectrometer Is the Best?

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me which mass spectrometer was the best or which one to buy in a particular situation, I could probably afford to buy a high-end mass spectrometry system...

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Improving Small Molecule Characterization

So many exciting announcements this week at ASMS 2018! One of the new systems featured this week is the Thermo Scientific Orbitrap ID-X Tribrid Mass Spectrometer. This instrument combines the best of ...

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Carbon Emissions: Global Warming’s Evil Twin

Climate change, global warming, greenhouse gases, CO2 emissions…. Humanity has great influence on today’s climate. Fortunately, there are lots of initiatives in place to reduce global warming and CO2 ...

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Have You Joined the Mass Movement Yet?

My June blog titled “Join the Mass Movement Towards Mass Spectrometry” discussed the benefits of mass spectrometry for ion chromatographers. That very month, Thermo Fisher Scientific launched the new ...

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Fipronil: Better on Your Dog than in Your Breakfast

Fipronil may be effective at controlling fleas on your dog, but it is a toxic insecticide which you definitely do not need in your scrambled eggs.Fipronil sends an insect’s central nervous system fata...

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A chromatographer learning mass spectrometry?

I have been a chromatographer for many years -- first using systems in the lab and then selling HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) systems for 17 years. Over these years there were many adv...

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Orbitrap: A New Perspective in Drug Discovery

Well, that’s just your opinion.We all see, feel, experience and interpret the world around us differently; you could say we each have a unique perspective. This is partly based on environmental factor...

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Chromatographer or Mass Spectrometerist?

Which side of the line do you sit on? Let me break the ice: I sit on the chromatographer side. Most people sit firmly on either side of the line; not many consider themselves to be both. If you ask a ...

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The Power of Standardized Clinical LC-MS/MS

Over the past 10 years, liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MC/MS) has evolved into a highly efficient and specific analytical method, suitable for a growing range of clinical applicati...

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Good News: Mass Spectrometry Is Within Reach!

Remember the first time you used an expensive piece of lab equipment? Terrifying, right?I was an undergrad and my graduate student mentor had just set up for an experiment, loaded her samples on a sam...

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Join the Mass Movement Towards Mass Spectrometry

Recently, I was reflecting on my colleague, Dr. John Madden’s post “One Plus One Equals More Than Two” that he wrote almost a year ago. He talks about the powerful connection that forms when ion chrom...

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The Cutting Edge of Protein Analysis

The 2017 ASMS storm has passed, the dust has settled and the a leading technology in protein analysis and biopharma characterization has emerged. In my opinion, the novel Thermo Scientific Q Exactive ...

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