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March 2016 Issue of The Analytical Scientist

Welcome to the March issue! In Upfront, Anna Blazewicz analyzes autism – and tells us why, for her, it’s personal – plus, we discover how wasps are providing inspiration for the neurosurgery of the future. Victoria Samanidou discusses the role of academia in instilling students with a strong sense of ethics, while scientists from the University of Hannover ask if spectroscopic sensors could streamline bioprocess monitoring to meet FDA standards. Two forensics experts explore the methods and explode the myths of forensic analysis, and finally we Sit Down With the truly inspiring Waseem Asghar, winner of this year’s Humanity in Science Award.

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Articles featured in this issue

Fields & Applications Pharma & Biopharma

30,000-Foot View

| Rich Whitworth

An over-used expression seems particularly relevant at 37,000 feet...

Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy

Ahead of the Curve

| Joanna Cummings

Are wasp-inspired needles the neurosurgery of the future?

Techniques & Tools

Conspiracy or Cock-up?

| Joanna Cummings

A new funding clause could leave UK scientists out in the cold

Fields & Applications Liquid Chromatography

Analyzing Autism

| Joanna Cummings

Ion chromatography uncovers a link between low iodine levels and symptoms of autism

Techniques & Tools Capillary Electrophoresis

Capillary Cathedral

| Joanna Cummings

‘Whispering-gallery’ mode (WGM) boosts CE detection limits

Fields & Applications Gas Chromatography

Days of Wine and Noses

| Joanna Cummings

Time to ditch the tasting notes? Enjoyment of wine may depend on oral bacteria...

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Analytica & Humanity

| Joanna Cummings

Munich will play host to the 2016 Humanity in Science Award winner – and much more

Fields & Applications Gas Chromatography

Hello, Ketty

| Eugenia Gallardo

A new test for ketamine aims to improve the accuracy of toxicology screens

Techniques & Tools Micro/Nano-scale

Image of the Month

| Rich Whitworth

CSI versus PSI: Forensic evidence can be applied to a paper triangle

Techniques & Tools Metabolomics & Lipidomics

Standing Up for GC-MS – and Good Science

| Karl Burgess

Though a recent paper about the data-distorting potential of gas chromatography in metabolomic studies is far from perfect, it does at least draw attention to the absolute criticality of robust experiment design – on both sides of the argument. And that’s got to be a good thing.

Techniques & Tools

Teaching Rights and Wrongs

| Victoria Samanidou

Ethics in science reflects the ethos of scientists. How important is the role of professors in academia when it comes to the behavior of scientists in the real world?

Fields & Applications Pharma & Biopharma

Magnetic Attraction

| Katie Edwards

Liposomes have great utility in bioanalysis and drug delivery. Could bringing the two fields together provide new analytical tools?

Techniques & Tools Proteomics

Don’t Neglect Protein QC

| Dieter Braun

Protein samples need – and deserve – special treatment, if you expect the best results from your experiments.

Techniques & Tools Forensics

Forensic Myths and Methods

| Glen Jackson, Christopher Palenik

Don your purple nitrile gloves and grab a swab or two, as we delve into the realities of crime scene investigation.

Fields & Applications Spectroscopy

Not Spoiling the (Biopharma) Broth

| Dörte Solle

Can sophisticated spectroscopic sensors streamline bioprocess monitoring to better meet FDA standards?

Fields & Applications

Poster Appraisal

| Cory Stiner, Hamed Eghbali, Greg Klunder, Deirdre Cabooter

Are poster sessions still relevant in 21st century scientific meetings or are they just filling time and space – and justifying the cost of sending students to events? Here, Deirdre Cabooter (HTC organizer), Greg Klunder (SciX organizer), Hamed Eghbali (HPLC organizer and judge), and grad student Cory Stiner make the case for laminated works of science.

Techniques & Tools Clinical

Bioengineered Humanity

| Waseem Asghar

Sitting Down With... Waseem Asghar, winner of the 2016 Humanity in Science Awards

Fields & Applications Environmental

Chasing the Dioxin Detection Dragon

| Jean-Francois Focant

For over 50 years, we have been continually striving to push the limits of quantitation for dioxins. But where do we stand today – and what’s our next plan of attack?

Techniques & Tools Technology

Biopharmaceuticals are complex; analyzing them just got a lot easier

| Sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific

Great technology takes complex challenges and provides simple, robust solutions.

Techniques & Tools Pharma & Biopharma

Biotherapeutic Protein Characterization Challenges: The NIBRT Perspective

| Jonathan Bones

NIBRT Principle Investigator Jonathan Bones discusses the challenges involved in biotherapeutic protein characterization.

Techniques & Tools Pharma & Biopharma

Biopharmaceutical characterization demands advanced detection capabilities

| Sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific

Innovation that takes technology design to the physical limits

Techniques & Tools Pharma & Biopharma

No more unknowns – Analytical Workflows for Extractable and Leachable impurities

| Sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific

Hear about the latest workflows for analysis of elemental and organic leachable container-closure system pharmaceutical impurities.

Techniques & Tools Sample Preparation

Principles of Triple Detection GPC/SEC

| Sponsored by Malvern Panalytical

Triple detection GPC/SEC combines measurements from multiple detectors to offer not only increased amounts of data, but also increased amounts of information, which is made available by the combination of different detectors (and unobtainable using individual detectors separately). The theory of triple detection GPC/SEC is described here.

Techniques & Tools Sample Preparation

Using OMNISEC to Understand the Effect of Molecular Weight and Structure on the Performance Characteristics of Cellulose Derivatives

| Sponsored by Malvern Panalytical

This application note describes the analyses of a variety of aqueous (water-soluble) cellulose derivatives using the OMNISEC triple detection system and the subtle, yet distinct differences between these different derivatives that can be parsed out by the OMNISEC system

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