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Techniques & Tools Clinical, Spectroscopy

Resisting Arrest

For healthcare practitioners, being able to measure the oxygen levels in tissue is crucial – especially during surgery. Currently, venous blood is required to check the delivery of oxygen to mitochondria, but monitoring levels over time necessitates repeated blood draws, which can pose a problem in critically ill patients who may already be losing blood. Moreover, the method cannot give local information on specific tissues, and can be misleading in some patients.

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Roisin McGuigan

I have an extensive academic background in the life sciences, having studied forensic biology and human medical genetics in my time at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. My research, data presentation and bioinformatics skills plus my ‘wet lab’ experience have been a superb grounding for my role as an Associate Editor at Texere Publishing. The job allows me to utilize my hard-learned academic skills and experience in my current position within an exciting and contemporary publishing company.

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