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Spectral data advances rely on speed and sensitivity

Mass spectrometer manufacturers are focusing on improving software and sensitivity, together with boosting CCD. Sean Ottewell reports



Size and speed key to chromatography and spectroscopy advances

The latest releases in separation technology include a completely new approach to liquids analysis and advanced columns which focus on improving results and laboratory productivity. Sean Ottewell reports



Advances in polymerase chain reaction

Biotechnology technique used to replicate a specific portion of a much larger sample of DNA



Advances In Single-Cell Research

Dedicated to advances in single-cell research the Summer 2010 issue of IFC Application Hotspot includes two pioneering customer application studies.



High-altitude research advances low-altitude medicine

High altitude medicine is a "natural research laboratory" for the study of cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology. It can shed light on conditions and diseases that mimic the low oxygen content of the atmosphere at the top of mountains.



Advances in improving Hep A treatment

A research article could lead to improvements in the production of vaccines for hepatitis A, the most widespread viral disease in the world.



Genome advances peril for pests

Parasitic wasps kill pest insects, but their existence has been largely overlooked by the public - until now.



Demand drives advances in natural savoury and sweet flavourings

Major manufacturers continue to invest heavily in savoury and sweet flavourings as demand for natural products grows. Sean Ottewell reports.



Holographic advances boost diagnostic sensor development

The perceived utility of biosensors ­ analytical devices based on molecules that recognise specific biological substances ­ within the consumer health, biotechnology and biomedical industries is well established.



Advances in microarray technology speed research

Gene expression, the study of gene activity in cells to understand the genetic causes of disease, is revolutionising drug research and aiding in the treatment of conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.



Electronic noses: Advances as online operating decision tools

Sensor array instrumentation is well known using the term aelectronic noses' for a couple of years. The basic idea is simple: using a combination of sensors a gas mixture is analysed and classified. The special attractiveness of the technology is the ability to quickly classify a sample without having a time consuming and expensive lab procedure. Data analysis and classification (agood' or abad') takes place instantly.



Advances in the automated image analysis of particles and cells

Particle shape and function are intimately linked. However, because of the lack of a universal shape analysis technique, the exact relationship between the two has been hard to define. As David Higgs explains, new technology is now likely to solve this problem.



Advances in the measurement of LDL cholesterol

Until recently, direct measurement of LDL cholesterol was not practically possible for most laboratories in a routine clinical setting. The first homogeneous LDL method was introduced in 1997. Here, Mauro Panteghini looks at the clinical significance and advances in measurement of LDL cholesterol.



Advances in spectroscopy: the Internet is changing everything

Since 1995 there has been explosive growth in the use of the Internet by the general public. The penetration of the Internet into society is also fundamentally changing the face of scientific, chemical and spectroscopic research. By James Duckworth and Chris Draves.



Advances in chromatography and spectroscopy

The best new releases focus on lower detection limits, better precision and improved productivity



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