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Identifying Explosive Materials and Analyzing Post-Explosion Residues – The Rise in Handheld Devices

Explosive detection is an application of advanced spectroscopic technologies which impacts an increasingly prominent global issue. Explosives, such as gunpowder, have been in use for centuries, but it is only very recently that technology has allowed for the rapid identification of explosive materials in a range of situations. (READ MORE)

Miniature Mass Spectrometry Instruments for Biomedical Applications

A multitude of disciplines within the biomedical, chemical, and pharmaceutical fields often rely on mass spectrometry (MS) as a means for identifying compound structure, quantifying metabolites, and measuring molecules in mixtures of varying complexities. This highly sensitive approach for the study of biological systems is also used in drug discovery and is crucial in the development of potentially life-saving therapeutics. Large system size is perhaps the most common limiting factor that may be preventing widespread application of MS in the clinical environment. Additionally, complicated analytical methods can make the system impractical for some healthcare practitioners and nonmedical professionals. (READ MORE)

Advances in Genomic Analysis Technologies: An Industry Guide

The structure of DNA was discovered over 60 years ago, yet many mysteries remain on how our genome functions. In order to understand what the genome means we need to know, not just its sequence, but how this relates to phenotype. Our genome is over three billion bases long, meaning that genome sequencing produces vast quantities of data that must be deciphered and, historically, this has been a slow process. But, advances in genetic sequencing technology mean that we stand on the edge of a revolution that will see genetic sequencing data be quicker to obtain, easier to decipher and increasingly informing medical diagnosis and treatment. (READ MORE)

Cannabis Testing: An Industry Guide

Against a background of increasingly liberal cannabis laws, regulators and scientists have been trying to keep pace with cannabis as it has gone from a near-universally illicit substance to a burgeoning industry in just a matter of years.

Fortunately, the analytical science industry, drawing on experience in the fields of food, environmental and agricultural science, is rising to the many challenges presented by this revolution. (READ MORE)

Latest Advances in Food Safety: an Industry Guide

The deliberate or accidental contamination of food products is a prominent issue with wide-ranging consequences in the 21st century. It can encompass multi-billion-dollar fraud, hazards to public health and even deliberate attempts to harm human life.

The Chinese melamine scandal of 2008 and the European horsemeat scandal of 2013 made international headlines. Also in addition to food fraud, international governments are confronting the prospects of food contamination being used as a biological weapon for terrorism. (READ MORE)

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Using Emerging Biomedical Applications of Miniature Mass Spectrometry

The meticulous, careful study of minute compounds in both simple and complex mixtures has traditionally relied on conventional mass spectrometry (MS); however, MS technology can be bulky and present a substantial learning curve for new operators. Miniature mass spectrometers, however, have provided an alternative, especially for biomedical applications. (READ MORE)

Using Mass Spectrometry to Analyze the Aging Population

The complex physiological process of aging represents many problems among rapidly aging populations. One well recognized consequence of aging is degradation of immune function, which is referred to as immunosenescence. (READ MORE)

Identifying Explosive Materials and Analyzing Post-Explosion Residues

The prevention of accidental and intentional explosions is an increasingly prominent global issue that depends on the detection of explosive materials and analysis of post-explosion residues. However, detection of explosive materials can be dangerous due to the imminent threat of explosion, and the potential presence of toxic materials. Therefore, techniques for detecting explosive materials must be fast, efficient and able to operate from a safe distance. (READ MORE)

Analyzing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) In the Environment

The analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is one of the most important topics under discussion at Pittcon 2017 in Chicago. The accurate measurement of VOCs enters numerous scientific arenas from the detection of VOCs as biological markers for cancer cells (health monitoring chemical fingerprint) [1] to monitoring the environment for levels of VOCs deemed harmful to human health [2, 3, 4]. (READ MORE)

Studying Alzheimer’s at Single Cell Resolution

Cells vary considerably within cell populations, including within a particular type of tissue or cell. No two cells have the same response to their surroundings, since each cell’s behavior is dictated by the particular genes it expresses and at what level. This unique gene expression is what controls how the cell performs in the body. (READ MORE)

Combined Imaging and Theranostic Nanoparticles for Neurological Diseases

Neurological diseases are some of the most challenging areas for drug discovery and development. There is significant unmet need in the marketplace, with an associated high degree of disability, lost productivity, and loss of quality of life. (READ MORE)

Cannabis Testing in the Legalization Era

Attitudes towards cannabis have shifted dramatically over the last two decades, and this has been reflected in recent changes to the law in many countries around the world. Just this November, an additional four US states voted to make recreational cannabis use legal, bringing the total to eight, (plus Washington DC). And over half of US states have legalized medicinal cannabis use. (READ MORE)

Technology Brings a New Age in Food Safety and Analysis

Protecting consumers has long been a priority for the food industry, but modern times have changed the specific challenges producers and regulators face when it comes to food safety. Increasing globalization presents new opportunities for food fraud with the potential for billion-dollar payoffs. (READ MORE)

Nanotechnology Advances for Cancer Diagnostics and Nanotherapy

The delivery of drugs and diagnostic markers to cancer tissues has been a major challenge in the development of cancer therapies. Typical delivery methods distribute products throughout the body, affecting healthy and cancerous cells, thereby toxic effects to healthy cells limit the scope and effectiveness of the anticancer therapy. (READ MORE)

X-ray Diffraction Techniques: Ab Initio Structure Determination Via Powder X-Ray Diffraction

X-ray diffraction is a powerful tool for determining the structure of crystalline materials – this is most often used for identification of unknown samples, such as in geology and earth sciences, or for studying protein structures in life sciences. It can also be used to determine the unit cell dimensions of a known crystal, or to measure the purity of a sample. (READ MORE)

Stabilizing lipid bilayer membranes

Ion channels are essential to key cellular processes including signal transduction, osmoregulation and maintenance of the membrane potential. They are therefore the targets of many clinically used drugs. (READ MORE)

Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry for Environmental Analysis

A wide variety of contaminants with the potential to cause harm to humans and animals can make their way into the environment. They can be found in the air, water and soil and may come from sources such as industrial waste, landfill sites, pesticides and pharmaceutical drugs. (READ MORE)

Proteomics: top-down or bottom-up?

Proteomics is playing an increasingly important role in the discovery of disease biomarkers and the identification of new therapeutic targets. Proteomics involves the separation, identification, and quantification of proteins. It also includes the characterization and analysis of proteoforms that arise as a result of post-translational modifications (PTMs) and sequence variants such as mutants and alternatively spliced isoforms. (READ MORE)

Detecting Weak Raman Signals with Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

Raman spectroscopy is a type of vibrational spectroscopy like the more widely used infrared spectroscopy. It measures the way light is scattered by a material. In most cases the wavelength of the scattered light is identical to the incident light and is known as Rayleigh scattering. (READ MORE)

Using Nonlinear Spectroscopic Techniques to Investigate Nanoparticles

Spectroscopic methods exploit the interactions between matter and electromagnetic radiation in order to probe molecular fine structure. The way samples interact with radiation reveals a lot of information about its nature; making spectroscopy a useful tool for both qualitative and quantitative analysis. (READ MORE)

Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS) microscopy and cancer detection

The need for accurate cancer detection: The ability to distinguish cancer cells from healthy cells during surgery is essential for preventing the removal of healthy tissue and ensuring no tumor remnants are left behind. (READ MORE)

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease through genomics and proteomics

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that causes dementia. In this disease, dementia symptoms such as memory loss and difficulties with language, problem-solving and reasoning gradually worsen until they eventually start to interfere with everyday life and basic tasks such as eating and drinking. (READ MORE)

Using Mass Spectrometry to Detect Food Allergens

Food allergies are a major public health concern and are increasing worldwide. Globally, it is thought that between 220 and 250 million people suffer from a food allergy. Ninety percent of cases involve sensitivity to one of the ‘Big Eight’ allergens: egg, fish, milk, peanut, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, or wheat. (READ MORE)

Advances in Contaminant Testing of Dietary Supplements

Many consumers like to buy products marked as herbal or “natural”, often regarding these to be better for them, or even harmless. But, in reality, many such products are laced with unlabeled substances, which often includes pharmaceuticals that have long since lost their regulatory approval. (READ MORE)

An interview with Jay Flatley, Executive Chairman of Illumina, conducted by April Cashin-Garbutt, MA (Cantab)

Advances in optogenetics; An interview with Dr. Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., conducted by April Cashin-Garbutt, MA (Cantab)

Solid Phase Micro Extraction: Dr. Pawliszyn, University of Waterloo, talks to AZoM about the Solid Phase Micro Extraction and his upcoming talk at Pittcon 2017.

Using spherical nucleic acids to track and treat disease; An interview with Dr. Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University, conducted by April Cashin-Garbutt, MA (Cantab)

Diagnosing infections through molecules in patient breath; an interview with Dr. Jane Hill, Dartmouth College, conducted by April Cashin-Garbutt, MA (Cantab)

Decoding the exposome through breath biomarkers; an interview with Prof. Joachim D. Pleil, US Environmental Protection Agency, conducted by April Cashin-Garbutt, MA (Cantab)

Single molecule detection of proteins and an introduction to the single molecule array; an interview with Professor David Walt, Tufts University.

Characterizing the brain, cell by cell; an interview with Professor Jonathan Sweedler, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Using proteomics to understand Alzheimer’s: an interview with Dr Renã Robinson

Interviews with Industry Leaders

Chad Mirkin
Using SNA’s in Cancer Vaccines

Dr. Karl Deisseroth
Controlling Neurons with Light

David Walt
Fiber optic DNA Biosensor Microarrays for Cancer Studies

Andres Guttman
Analyzing Sugar Structures in Living Organisms

Jay Flatley
Next Generation Microarray Technology and DNA Sequencing

Pat Sandra
Advances in Liquid Chromatography

Omar K. Farha
Creating Sustainable Hydrogen Storage with Metal Organic Frameworks MOFs

Jonathan Sweedler
Mass Spectrometry for Brain Research

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