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Issue #0217
Top Articles
Omics Explorers
We know surprisingly little about cannabis on a molecular level. Meet three pioneering scientists on a mission to explore its chemical profile – from astronomical genetic variation, to a constellation of bioactive compounds.
A Rose by Any Other Name
Is the term ‘marijuana’ outdated, perjorative, racist – as one contributor suggests? Using the right terminology, Editor Charlotte Barker argues, is essential for effective scientific communication in the growing cannabis industry.
Cleaning Up Cannabis
Robert Martin – biologist, former food consultant and now COO of CW Analytical – discusses raising standards in cannabis: “If we can instill a clean, rational approach to quality assurance within the industry, I’ll be a happy man.”
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Upcoming Webinars
Innovation in Automation: High-Throughput SIFT-MS
In this webinar, Vaughan Langford (Syft) and Mark Perkins (Anatune) explain how automated SIFT-MS (selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry) analysis could revolutionize analysis of VOCs and inorganic gases, providing new opportunities for laboratories serving industries from environmental analysis to food testing to pharma.

23 March 2017, 10:00am GMT
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A Revolution in Rapid Trace Gas and Headspace Analysis: SIFT-MS
SIFT-MS analysis is real-time, comprehensive, selective and economical. Ingenious application of direct, ultra-soft chemical ionization coupled with mass spectrometric detection makes continuous monitoring simple for both routine and chromatographically challenging compounds. Learn how SIFT-MS could be applied to challenges in your field.
Product Profiles
Pegasus® 4D-C the latest generation of the LECO's GCxGC-TOFMS bestseller
The Pegasus 4D-C drives latest generation of innovative and reliable GCxGC-TOFMS instrumentation from LECO. Well known by its robust, low-maintenance open ion source, the new generation 4D-C also features modernized hardware, an all-new Data Acquisition System, an updated GCxGC Control System, supported by the newly revised ChromaTOF brand software v4.6
GCMS-TQ8050 Triple Quadrupole GC-MS
Shimadzu’s GCMS-TQ8050 Triple Quadrupole GC-MS ultra-high sensitivity system offers both robustness and one of the highest sensitivity levels in the world. It detects ultra-trace concentrations of components down to femtogram level, and can also maintain those ultra-high sensitivity levels for long periods. This makes it an ideal GC-MS/MS system for applications requiring ultra-trace analysis.
Application Notes
Chemical Analysis of Polymer Microbeads in Toothpaste by TD- and Py-GC×GC-TOFMS
LECO's Pegasus 4D platform is uniquely suited to separate the polymer profile from the sample matrix. Thermal desorption (TD) was used to detect the volatile to semi-volatile components in the sample of toothpaste, whereas pyrolysis (Py) was used to analyze the non-volatile components by thermal decomposition and subsequent detection of the volatilized fragments.
Detect the small but subtle differences of fatty acid isomers!
Analyse fatty acid isomers with YMC-Triart C18 ExRS without derivatisation in less than 6 minutes! Fatty acids have a well documented effect on health. It is essential to monitor the types of fatty acids in food. The position as well as the nature of the double bonds needs to be determined.
Video Application Notes
REACH Polymer Status determined with GPC/SEC
Polymers are “special substances” in terms of REACH. However, companies have to prove that their products/educts are polymers. The preferred method to identify whether a substance falls under the definition of a polymer is Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC), also known as Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC).
Special Promotions
Faster and More Sensitive Protein Characterization and Quantitation
The Thermo Scientific™ SMART Digest™ ImmunoAffinity (IA) Kits are designed for biomarker and bio-therapeutic characterization and quantitation. Offering fast, easy and reproducible protein digestion they have the added advantage of combining an immunocapture and the digestion process into a single well.
Humanity in Science Award 2017: Nominations Now Open
Calling all philanthropic scientists – nominations for the 2017 Humanity in Science Award are now open. The award – and prize money of $25,000 – will be presented to recognize a recent scientific breakthrough that can have a positive impact on people’s lives worldwide. The 2016 award recognized the "Development of a new paper and flexible material-based diagnostic biosensing platform that could be used to remotely detect and determine treatment options for HIV, E-coli, Staphylococcus aureas and other bacteria." Could the 2017 winner be you or someone you know?
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Nominations close May 1st.
Exhibitor Highlights
BioProcess International European Summit 2017
Upcoming Events
Be it a large congress at a huge venue or an expert meeting that fits around a table, these events are a fantastic way to network and educate yourself on the latest developments in the industry – so why not take a look at our list of upcoming events?