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March 2017 Issue of The Analytical Scientist

Welcome to our 50th issue! In Upfront, poster sessions go digital, researchers discover antimicrobial peptides in dragon saliva, and we discover how ICP-MS is helping students recreate ancient Chinese beer. In our features, Elena Stashenko explores the complex chemistry of Colombia's botanical treasures, and three LIBS gurus ask if the technique is ready to spread its wings. We also have opinion pieces on chemometrics, microcalorimetry and the exposome, and insightful interviews with Ron Heeren and Pauline Rudd.

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Articles featured in this issue

Techniques & Tools Clinical

Pathology Needs You

| Rich Whitworth

Neonates need simpler, more sensitive – and preferably non-invasive – analytical methods.

Fields & Applications Food, Beverage & Agriculture

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait?

| Joanna Cummings

Ion chromatography and experiential archeology helps Chinese students brew 5,000-year-old beer

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Here Be Dragons

| Rich Whitworth

De novo-assisted sequencing with ETD-MS unearths antimicrobial peptides in Komodo dragon plasma

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Hidden Hunger

| Rich Whitworth

How will climate change impact dietary intake of selenium? ICP-MS and predictive modeling have the answer

Techniques & Tools Business

Products, Partnerships and a Pittcon Precis

Products, partnerships, investments - what’s going on in the analytical science business world

Business & Education Professional Development

Poster Haste

| Joanna Cummings

Matt Baker explains Twitter poster sessions for the chemical sciences, in collaboration with the RSC

Fields & Applications Sensors

Super Sensors

| Charlotte Barker

Meet a tiny biosensor that could diagnose HIV within a week of infection

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Image of the Month

| Joanna Cummings

New mass spec imaging technique for chemical analysis of uneven surfaces

Fields & Applications Pharma & Biopharma

Standing Up for Microcalorimetry

| Natalia Markova

Microcalorimetry is underused in biopharma, but we must understand its advantages and limitations

Techniques & Tools Sample Preparation

Back to Basics

| José Manuel Florêncio Nogueira

With sample prep, simple analytical ideas may prove more effective than expensive solutions

Techniques & Tools Environmental

Hunting Hidden Dangers

| Tuulia Hyötyläinen

Why is it so hard to measure the impact of environmental

Techniques & Tools Chemical

Chemometrics United

| Neal Gallagher

When it comes to chemometric regression, combine ILS and CLS for a powerful synergistic approach.

Techniques & Tools Environmental

The Secret Life of Plants

| Elena Stashenko

Exploring the amazing biodiversity of Colombia’s native plants, by studying their chemical profiles.

Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy

Breaking it Down: Three Gurus of LIBS

| Vincenzo Palleschi, Richard E Russo, David W Hahn

Our experts take stock of the last 20 years of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

Techniques & Tools Pharma & Biopharma

The Science of Sugar: Lessons Learned with Pauline Rudd

| Pauline Rudd

Pauline Rudd reflects on her passion for glycans and the role of glycobiology in biosimilar development

Techniques & Tools Liquid Chromatography

Taming the Third Dimension

| Sebastiaan Eeltink, Jelle De Vos

In a bid to boost separation performance, spatial 3D-LC prototypes aim to leave an impression

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Collaborating for the Clinical Win

| Ron M. A. Heeren

Ron Heeren, Director of Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging Institute, the Netherlands

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