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April 2014 Issue of The Analytical Scientist

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Articles featured in this issue

Techniques & Tools Data Analysis

What You Think

| Richard Gallagher

More than 500 of you provided us with your opinion on what we cover and how we cover it.

Techniques & Tools Data Analysis

Under Scrutiny

| Rich Whitworth

523 of you completed our reader survey, providing us with a great deal of invaluable feedback – thank you!

Fields & Applications Clinical

Macrofluidics Meets Pathology

| Rich Whitworth

Biopsy tissue sample preparation in a tube promises to be cheap, fast, reproducible and automated

Fields & Applications Food, Beverage & Agriculture

Setting the Scene, with Odors

| Rich Whitworth

Research using lobsters shows how discontinuous odor information is integrated at the neuronal level to produce an ‘olfactory scene’. It could have practical applications in identifying the location of explosives or drugs.

Fields & Applications Genomics & DNA Analysis

Sense a Revolution?

| Rich Whitworth

DNA aptamer-based sensors could take the world of personalized medicine by storm, but only if aptamer selection doesn’t prove to be a roadblock

Techniques & Tools Environmental

The Endless Frontier of POP Analysis

| Juan Muñoz-Arnanz, Lourdes Ramos

Accurate determination of persistent organic pollutants has come a long way in twenty years, but we should not rest on our laurels: increased speed, improved economics and a reduced environmental footprint are important targets.

Fields & Applications Food, Beverage & Agriculture

Toxic Cocktails

| Alberto Mantovani

What are the effects of mixtures of toxic substances, all present at low concentrations in our foodstuffs, and how should we go about measuring them?

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Free Up Funding

| Gary Hieftje

Following trends and buzzwords is delaying progress. We need more support for diverse, curiosity-driven research projects.

Techniques & Tools

WoTS in a Name?

| Paul Petersen

How reimaging the HET Instrument exhibition will meet the demands of today’s integrated business chain model.

Techniques & Tools Liquid Chromatography

Using Simplicity

| George M. Whitesides

For more than five decades, I have worked in academic research. The questions I and my colleagues – graduate students, postdocs, and collaborators – addressed in the beginning were “academic”, meaning that they focused purely on curiosity.

Fields & Applications Environmental

Keeping Tabs on Dioxins

| Jean-François Focant

Exposure to dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) remains a significant threat to a substantial proportion of the European population. To maintain high levels of vigilance, analytical strategies need to evolve. Here, I propose substantial changes to the EU’s monitoring strategy, changes that channel the power of modern analytical technology to accurately, rapidly and inexpensively monitor food and feed for dioxins, PCBs and as-yet-unidentified toxicants.

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Keeping it Kosher

| Ashley Sage

The University of Münster and AB Sciex join forces to enhance detection of fraudulent meat using LC-MS/MS

Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy

A Leading Light

| Rich Whitworth

Sitting Down With… Gary Hieftje, Distinguished Professor and Robert & Marjorie Mann Chair of Chemistry, Indiana University Bloomington.

Fields & Applications Food, Beverage & Agriculture

Profiling of Citrus Oils and Determination of Furocoumarins in Citrus Oils

| Sponsored by Agilent Technologies

Comprehensive 2D-LC Analysis with Combination of Normal-Phase and Reversed-Phase

Fields & Applications Environmental

Determination of anions with suppressed conductivity detection

| Sponsored by Knauer

This Application Note presents the sensitive determination of anions in water samples using the isocratic AZURA Compact System with suppressed conductivity detection.

Fields & Applications Sample Preparation

The Solution Evolution

| Rich Whitworth

Agilent Technology’s Markets and Applications Programs – MAPs for short – connect you to a growing network of expertise to provide working solutions for your analytical business.

Techniques & Tools Technology

Exploring Chinese Medicine with 2D-LC

| Oliver Schmitz, Duxin Li

Two-dimensional liquid chromatography certainly sounds impressive and produces some pretty pictures, but is it essential in the analysis of complex samples? Here, we show that 2D-LC offers both style and substance.

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