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Mass Spectrometry

Mass spectrometry (MS) is an analytical technique used across several different scientific disciplines to identify unknown compounds within a sample and determine the chemical structure of a substance.

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University of Bath Launches New Chemical Characterisation and Analysis Facility (CCAF

University of Bath, UK, recently celebrated the official opening of its new Chemical Characterisation and Analysis Facility (CCAF). The facility showcased an influx of new analytical equipment in the area of Mass Spectrometry, NMR Spectroscopy and X-ray Crystallography.

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Waters Unveils Global Mass Spectrometry Headquarters in the UK’s North West

Waters Corporation recently celebrated the official opening of its new, custom-built mass spectrometry headquarters in Wilmslow, UK, confirming the company's commitment to innovation and the expanded usage of mass spectrometry.

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Advances in Forensic Science: Could Mass Spec Have its Day in Court?

With the World Cup in Brazil capturing the eyes of the world and the start of the Tour de France this week, SelectScience is looking at the slightly controversial performance-enhancing effects of caffeine.

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How to Choose a Mass Spectrometer

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Buying a new mass spectrometer is a huge investment, and with the variety and diversity of mass spectrometers on the market, it is important to make sure you purchase the instrument that best fits your needs and will bring a good return for your investment.

This buying guide provides you with information to help you make the right decision when choosing new mass spectrometry equipment. Learn about common mass spectrometer configurations, key applications areas, different factors to consider for purchase, as well as current and future trends in mass spectrometry. Throughout the Guide, you will find Buying Guide Tips, which are practical suggestions that might help in your pursuit for the most suitable mass spectrometer. The Guide ends with a Glossary of acronyms that are mentioned in the text and some common terms in mass spectrometry that could be useful, especially for those who are new to the technology.


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Mass Spectrometry Applications and Methods

Using Qualifier Ions to Improve ICP-MS Data Quality for Waste Water Analysis

Using Qualifier Ions to Improve ICP-MS Data Quality for Waste Water Analysis

Researchers at a commercial environmental laboratory have developed an effective method for validating high throughput multi-element data from high matrix waste water samples.


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The Analysis of Common Drugs of Abuse in an Oral Fluid Matrix using a New QTRAP® Platform

The Analysis of Common Drugs of Abuse in an Oral Fluid Matrix using a New QTRAP® Platform

The measurement of common prescription drugs and drugs of abuse has generally been performed using urine as the sample matrix. However, many laboratories are finding the need to analyze these compounds in oral fluid matrices. In this study, a simple and robust method, for the detection of 16 drugs in an oral fluid matrix was developed on the AB SCIEX QTRAP® 4500 LC/MS/MS System.

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Sequence Identification and Spatial Distribution of Rat Brain Tryptic Peptides Using MALDI Mass Spectrometric Imaging

Sequence Identification and Spatial Distribution of Rat Brain Tryptic Peptides Using MALDI Mass Spectrometric Imaging

This application note describes the use of in situ trypsin digestion on rat brain tissue sections, followed by matrix coating and subsequent MS and MS/MS analysis using the 4800 MALDI Plus TOF/TOFTM Analyzer.


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High Resolution Lipid Profiling and Identification by Hyphenated HPTLC-MALDI-TOF/TOF

High Resolution Lipid Profiling and Identification by Hyphenated HPTLC-MALDI-TOF/TOF

This application note demonstrates HPTLC-MALDI-MS/MS analysis of lipid mixtures, a technique that provides additional structural information on headgroup and acyl chain composition and enables detailed assignment of lipid structures, even if mixtures are only partially resolved by the chromatographic separation.

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An Immuno-Mass Spectrometric Assay for Quantification of Soluble Transferrin Receptor in Human Serum

This poster describes an automated approach for quantification of endogenous soluble transferring receptor in human serum as a model system for the new generation of immune-mass spectrometric assays.

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Videos

Brand New LC-MS Based Medical Devices Debut at AACC 2014

Brand New LC-MS Based Medical Devices Debut at AACC 2014

Thermo Fisher Scientific showcased 3 new Class I medical devices at AACC 2014. Watch this video to learn more about the HPLC, LC-MS and LC-MS software that have been designed to be components of laboratory-developed tests for analyzing patient samples.

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Personalized Medicine: The Future of Healthcare

Personalized Medicine: The Future of Healthcare

Prof. Nicholson describes personalized medicine and how delivering the correct treatment for the right individual, based on their genes and environment, could be the future of healthcare. The use of mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy enables an overview of hundreds of thousands of metabolites in a single analytical run covering a large number of physiological and metabolic processes. This gives an insight as to how one might respond to treatment. Personalized medicine has the opportunity to save lives, shorten journeys, and save money.

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Metabonomics: Understanding Human Metabolism

Metabonomics: Understanding Human Metabolism

Dr Matthew Lewis describes how the MRC-NIHR Phenome Centre investigates what makes people metabolically different. By analyzing large cohorts of patients and performing epidemiological studies, an insight into the understanding of human metabolism can be achieved. NMR and UPLC mass spectrometry are used with a combination of different chromatography methods to gain accurate analysis of small molecules in human samples.

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Mass Spectrometry based Metabolomics Profiling

Mass Spectrometry based Metabolomics Profiling

Watch this video to learn how mass spectrometry is used for metabolomics research. Elizabeth Want, PhD., Imperial College, explains her research involving the development and optimization of mass spectroscopy based metabolite profiling. Solutions provided by Waters have allowed for higher throughput, increased sensitivity, and less time required.

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The Future of Mass Spectrometry in Food Science

The Future of Mass Spectrometry in Food Science

Professor Christopher Elliott describes how developments in mass spectrometry enable reliable detection of food fraud, as a result of advances in targeted and untargeted methodologies.

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Webinars

A New Concept in Metabolic Studies: How Personalized 'Sportomics' Bridges Bench and Clinical Science

A New Concept in Metabolic Studies: How Personalized 'Sportomics' Bridges Bench and Clinical Science

In this webinar, Prof. L. C. Cameron will describe a novel, sportomics approach to studying exercise-induced changes in the human metabolome. Discover new solutions to analyzing small data sets, and discover how the sportomics approach can bridge the gap between bench top and clinical science, furthering our understanding of hypermetabolic disease states.

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Latest Technology News

Waters ACQUITY UPLC TQD System Receives Medical Device Approval in China

Waters ACQUITY UPLC TQD System Receives Medical Device Approval in China

Waters® Corporation has announced that the Chinese Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) approved the registration of the ACQUITY UPLC® TQD system for legal promotion and sale in China as a medical device for routine diagnostic applications and neonatal metabolites diseases screening.

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AB SCIEX Announces the 4500MD Series for In Vitro Diagnostic Use

AB SCIEX Announces the 4500MD Series for In Vitro Diagnostic Use

AB SCIEX, a global leader in analytical technologies, has confirmed its commitment to support the diagnostic market with the unveiling of the Triple Quad™ 4500MD and QTRAP® 4500MD LC/MS/MS systems under its SCIEX Diagnostics brand. The systems were showcased at the AACC 2014 Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo last week.

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Waters Acquires REIMS Technology, Strengthens Health Science Initiative

Waters Acquires REIMS Technology, Strengthens Health Science Initiative

Waters Corporation recently announced the acquisition of Rapid Evaporative Ionization Mass Spectrometry (REIMS) technology from MediMass Ltd. The REIMS technology represents substantially all of the assets of MediMass and includes patent applications, software, databases and REIMS expertise.

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LC-MS is the Technique of Choice for Clinical Labs

LC-MS is the Technique of Choice for Clinical Labs

Clinical laboratories around the world are focused on reporting quality and truth in results, and LC-MS is becoming the analytical technique of choice. Accurate test results are necessary for clinical research and discovery, as well as routine diagnostic testing.

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AB SCIEX StatusScope™ Remote Monitoring Service Enables Troubleshooting and Control via Smartphone

AB SCIEX StatusScope™ Remote Monitoring Service Enables Troubleshooting and Control via Smartphone

AB SCIEX, a global leader in life science analytical technologies, today introduced the StatusScope™ Remote Monitoring service, a configurable, real-time offering that supports most AB SCIEX mass spectrometers and Eksigent Micro and Nano LC products.

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Expert Reviews in Mass Spec

QTRAP® 6500 LC/MS/MS System

QTRAP® 6500 LC/MS/MS System

This instrument has excellent sensitivity and good selectivity...
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SYNAPT G2-Si HDMS

SYNAPT G2-Si HDMS

Provides high resolution and accurate Mass for both intact mass and peptide mapping analysis...Yingqing Sun, Pfizer, Inc

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Thermo Scientific Exactive™ Plus EMR Orbitrap™ LC-MS

Thermo Scientific Exactive™ Plus EMR Orbitrap™ LC-MS

Amazingly sensitive and fast mass spec with incredibly high mass range and spectral resolution...
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