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Proteomic Sample Multiplexing Comes of Age

For a young person, turning 18 is a big milestone. In most countries, this is the age when you are legally recognized as an adult, able to vote in elections and are eligible for military service. For ...

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Don’t Get Lost in Your HPLC Method Development

HPLC method development is a bit like trying to solve a maze. The goal – the cheese, if you will – is to develop a method that provides adequate resolution, sensitivity, robustness and throughput. Sou...

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SMART Technology for Smart Laboratories

Technological innovation is steadily entering modern testing laboratories to execute the day-to-day tasks more efficiently. I discussed in a previous blog post how a lab can benefit from raising the l...

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Next-Generation Low-Flow LC Technology is Not Marketing Buzz

What does it mean to be the next generation? You don’t have to look far to find the term “next-generation” or “NextGen” used to describe new technology. But what does it mean to describe a product or ...

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Toxic Gases in Food and the Threat of Ethylene Oxide

Introduction Ethylene Oxide (EtO) has been banned within the EU since 1991. Countries like Germany had already banned it in 1981. But it is still used in countries like India, the U.S. and Canada to k...

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Enabling Beyond Brilliant LC-MS Research

What does it mean to go beyond, to exceed your goals? Some synonyms are to excel, outdo, surpass and transcend. These words mean “to go or be beyond a stated or implied limit, measure or degree.” Goin...

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See the Wood Through the Trees: Vienna MC-ICP-MS/MS

Multicollector inductively coupled mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) has become the workhorse of isotope ratio mass spectrometry since its introduction 25 years ago. Over this time, there have been dramat...

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Cracking the Code to Build a Robust Charge Variant Method

Do you recall the first thing you learned how to cook? For me, it was scrambled eggs. I clearly remember the steps I was taught: crack eggs into a bowl and mix, then butter the pan, finish by adding s...

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Isotope Fingerprints in Sports Doping

The use of performance-enhancing anabolic substances has been banned since the 1970s in competitive sports. However, substances, especially steroids, are still frequently detected and misused in sport...

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Accelerating into Pharma 4.0 in the 'Never Normal'

Our world today is anything but normal. In fact, leaders and futurists consider this world the “never normal,” in that everything will always be in flux and what is normal will constantly be redefined...

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The TriPlus 500 HS Family Grows

It was Pittcon 2019 when the Thermo Scientific™ TriPlus 500 Headspace Autosampler was introduced to the market of volatiles organic compounds (VOC) sampling for GC and GC-MS. Thermo Scientific TriPlus...

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Signs You Need a New HPLC System (And How to Move Forward)

Like all great things in life, your treasured HPLC system will not last forever. If you identify with any of these issues, you should consider replacing your instrument. I used to joke in grad school ...

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