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Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry, Food, Beverage & Agriculture, Environmental

Hidden Hunger

“Humans only need selenium in a narrow range of concentrations – too high an intake can lead to toxicity and too low an intake can lead to deficiency,” says Lenny Winkel (Research Scientist and Head of Environmental Inorganic Geochemistry, Eawag, Switzerland).

Nutrient deficiencies are an important health problem worldwide, explains study collaborator Prof Steve McGrath, Head of Department of Sustainable Soils and Grassland Systems at Rothamsted Research: “There are many people suffering from ‘hidden hunger’ across the world; people who have enough food to eat but it does not have adequate nutritional value.”

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Rich Whitworth

Rich Whitworth completed his studies in medical biochemistry at the University of Leicester, UK, in 1998. To cut a long story short, he escaped to Tokyo to spend five years working for the largest English language publisher in Japan. "Carving out a career in the megalopolis that is Tokyo changed my outlook forever. When seeing life through such a kaleidoscopic lens, it's hard not to get truly caught up in the moment." On returning to the UK, after a few false starts with grey, corporate publishers, Rich was snapped up by Texere Publishing, where he spearheaded the editorial development of The Analytical Scientist. "I feel honored to be part of the close-knit team that forged The Analytical Scientist – we've created a very fresh and forward-thinking publication." Rich is now also Content Director of Texere Publishing, the company behind The Analytical Scientist.

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