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August 2020 Issue of The Analytical Scientist

Our August cover feature transports the reader to The Analytical Scientist pop-up gallery, where we explore the myriad analytical methods behind the detail of David Goodsell’s biological watercolors. Plus, we usher in our (Bio)pharma Special Series for the latter half of 2020 with a guest editorial from RIC CEO Koen Sandra and a second feature exploring the use of techniques from NMR to charge-detection MS to understand and target the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Zoë Ayres also shares her views on protecting the mental health of analysts, and Emma Wilson outlines the RSC’s plan to tackle gender inequality in academic publishing.

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Articles featured in this issue

Fields & Applications Pharma & Biopharma

Daddy, What's the Big Deal with Antibodies?

| Koen Sandra

Koen Sandra ushers in our (bio)pharma theme for the latter half of 2020

Fields & Applications Spectroscopy

Animal Origins

| Lauren Robertson

Microspectroscopy could help the search for Earth’s first animals

Business & Education Education

Black Chemists Who Made History

| Lauren Robertson

Exploring influential Black figures who shaped our field as we know it

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

A Kick From a Rose

| Lauren Robertson

MS/MS-based metabolomics reveals that plants can adapt their chemical defenses to ward off insect attacks

Fields & Applications Proteomics

Pandemic Proteomics

| Matthew Hallam

An MS-based proteomics platform is painting a picture of variable patient responses to COVID-19

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

The Usual Suspect

| Lauren Robertson

Every major mass extinction can now be linked to global warming

Fields & Applications Spectroscopy

Image of the Month: The (Enduring) Scream

| Lauren Robertson

Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” is beginning to show its age - spectroscopy can tell us how to better protect it

Fields & Applications Spectroscopy

A Matter of Precision (Spectroscopy)

| Lauren Robertson

A new high-precision spectroscopy method could help solve the mysteries surrounding matter in our universe

Business & Education Education

Kickstarting Publishing Parity

| Emma Wilson

Women face many obstacles in the worlds of academia and publishing – and it’s time that changed

Business & Education Education

Behind Every Instrument...

| Zoë Ayres

Zoë Ayres discusses the need to protect our mental health amidst the pandemic

Fields & Applications Proteomics

The Proteins of Prehistory

| Troy Wood, Connor Gould, Emily Sekera

Troy Wood, Connor Gould and Emily Sekera give their two cents on the power of paleoproteomics

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Art Imitating Life

| Matthew Hallam

Immerse yourself in our audio tour of David Goodsell's biological artwork portfolio

Business & Education Gas Chromatography

Improving GC Reliability with a Hydrogen Gas Generator

| Sponsored by Peak Scientific

Hydrogen gas generators are increasing in popularity across the globe – but why should you switch from a traditional cylinder?

Fields & Applications COVID-19

Small, But Mighty

| Brent R Stockwell

Small-molecule inhibition of the SARS-CoV-2 viral protease may represent a promising route for therapy

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Charge Detection for Virus Protection

| David Clemmer

Charge-detection MS is apt for analyzing huge molecules - could it help in the fight against COVID-19?

Fields & Applications COVID-19

Let's Get Biophysical

| Chad Petit, Peter Prevelige

Could NMR analysis of the SARS-CoV-2 envelope protein allow us to identify small-molecule inhibitors to fight COVID-19?

Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy

A Series of Fortunate Events

| Lauren Robertson

Memoirs of a spectroscopist: Peter Griffiths talks us through his meteoric career and the moments that defined it

Fields & Applications COVID-19

A COVID Coalition for the Masses

| Perdita Barran

The COVID-19 MS Coalition brings together analytical scientists from across the globe to fight the pandemic

Ion-Pair ReversedPhase Analysis of an Oligonucleotide Ladder Standard with Avantor® ACE® Oligo

| Contributed by Avantor

Oligonucleotides are short lengths of DNA/RNA which are being used as therapeutic agents for the treatment of genetic disorders and cancers

Multi-Step Pyrolysis of a Meteorite Using a Pyroprobe with GC/MS

| Contributed by CDS

In the search for extraterrestrial life, finding organic molecules has been a topic of special interest

Incorporating CCS Values to Enable 4-Dimensional Annotation of Metabolic Features

| Contributed by Bruker

Reliable annotation of metabolites for LC-MS/MS based data requires the adept combination of many parameters.

Fields & Applications Liquid Chromatography

Breaking Boundaries with Bioanalysis

Michael Lämmerhofer discusses the complexities of life in bioanalysis - and the path that led him there

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