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Is Automating Sample Preparation Just About Convenience?

Almost every modern-day method uses recent technology in instrumentation for the detection and quantification of whatever analyte or analytes are of interest. The benefits of today’s systems are very ...

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When Smoky Wines Don’t Taste Good!

Many people like a certain flavor of smokiness in food and alcoholic beverages, and certain types of wines aged in toasted oak barrels are appreciated for their smoky notes. However, the sensation is ...

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The Chemistry of Winemaking: How SPME Can Help

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and...

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Something Big Is Going to Happen

Do you ever daydream about a surprise birthday party your lab colleagues might organise for you? A secret party that you are completely oblivious to and don’t even notice the subtle hints of confetti ...

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Match the Goals of Automated Sample Prep for GC Analysis

In a previous blog post, I commented on the opportunity to use modern robotic technology to make our life easier by automating low-value routine activities. Doesn’t matter if it is for housekeeping du...

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The Day the Clinical Trial Stood Still

Well over a decade ago I was sitting in a weekly project meeting, eagerly awaiting my workload for the week. I was a keen bioananalyst, only a couple of years into my role, learning to produce good qu...

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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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Rapid Automated Peptide Mapping

The growth of bio–therapeutics has occurred mainly due to the greater success rates within the clinical trials phase of drug development. This means that more drugs are being brought to market. Due to...

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Synthetic Urine, A Clean Catch?

With the opioid crisis raging and recreational marijuana use becoming legal in nine US states and the District of Colombia, the concerns about clean drug tests are on the rise. While urine remains the...

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GC-MS Can Tell If You Are a Choc-a-holic

Recently we had the opportunity to collaborate with a major lab in Germany that specializes in analyzing urines for drugs of abuse. The lead pharmacist there showed me her lab and explained in detail ...

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When You Start Dreading the Weekend

It’s that dreaded time of the year where I start to NOT look forward to weekends. Given that it is the only time I have to do my taxes, I’m sure you understand why. I can usually fight through reading...

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What’s faster? Digesting a protein, or reading this blog?

When it comes to biotherapeutic protein digestion for peptide mapping or large molecule bioanalysis you’ve got a terribly difficult choice: Lengthy, cumbersome and error prone in-solution digestion, O...

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Can Protein Digestion Really Be 3 Simple Steps?

Until recently we used a 2-day protocol to characterize proteins, but now with the new immobilized trypsin kit we’re down to 1 hour for large protein such as Immunoglobulin G (IgG).Find out more and w...

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Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Since I can remember I’ve always had a thing about collecting maps. I have folders full of free ones detailing places from childhood holidays, road atlases covering a large proportion of the globe, ol...

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RoboTop: Automated Sample Preparation for GC and GC-MS

Why are the robots in Hollywood movies often depicted as evil? I am guessing it must be because most of the time they are pointing out our own shortcomings as humans and therefore we feel much more co...

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Why Your Luxury Car Doesn’t Impress Me

Ever given someone a blank stare when you don’t understand what they are saying? Just last week, a very uninteresting Auto Center employee was rattling off a bunch of convoluted, technical terms to ex...

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There’s a Ghost in the GC-MS Machine!

Talking about ghosts, zombies, and witchcraft is enormously popular these days, and we are chiming in on the hype today by talking about ghost peaks in GC and GC-MS.We thought we could get away with i...

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Can Toast Kill You?

This morning I popped a piece of bread in the toaster, planning to spread butter and jam on it then drink it with my coffee. But I left the toast in the toaster too long, and it came out charred and b...

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