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Better definition of tumour margins for surgeons in real time

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US scientists have devised a way to highlight tumours during surgery using a dye that fluoresces under irradiation from a handheld laser. It means that surgeons can locate exactly a tumour before surgery and check afterwards whether there is any cancerous tissue that has been overlooked around the margins.

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More than 200 doping substances detected in ten minutes

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There appears to be an unofficial contest going on in the doping analysis world to try and screen for as many banned substances as possible by one method, a new offering measuring up to 210 compounds within 10 minutes.

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New role for zinc in breast cancer diagnosis

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The natural isotope composition of zinc in human tissue could be exploited as a biomarker for breast cancer, say scientists in the UK.

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Whipping those white powders

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Suspicious dry white powders that might be harmful biological organisms can be recognised by fluorescence spectroscopy using an unusual combination of three excitation wavelengths.

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Profiling fatty acids in dengue fever

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An improved GC/MS method for detecting transmethylated fatty acids in the blood of patients with dengue fever has the potential to be applied to other viral diseases where fatty acid esters can act as biomarkers.

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Human stem cell proteome extensively mined

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The most detailed proteomics study to date of the human embryonic stem cell proteome has identified 3184 proteins, including post-translationally modified proteins and known stem cell markers.

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PerkinElmer buys Perten Instruments

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PerkinElmer has bought the Swedish analytical instrument company Perten Instruments for $266 million.

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Do Martian methane and organic compounds point to life?

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A spike in the levels of methane on Mars combined with the discovery of organic compounds in Martian rocks has led some observers to speculate that there may be life on the planet after all.

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Bisphenol A leaching into canned drinks increases blood pressure, or does it?

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Reports that canned drinks increase the blood pressure due to the leaching of bisphenol A from the interior coatings are open to interpretation.

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Agilent opens new MS center of excellence

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Agilent Technologies and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, US, have opened the Agilent Technologies Mass Spectrometry Center of Excellence.

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