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How safe is your cooked meat after chilled storage?

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The safety of cooked meat that has been subsequently chilled can be determined by using Raman spectroscopy to estimate the final endpoint temperature to ensure that is not undercooked and ready to eat.

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NMR can do it too

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While proteomics and mass spectrometry take a lot of the headlines in disease research, other less glamorous techniques can also contribute, as illustrated by two recent articles showing the versatility of NMR spectroscopy.

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Global bioinformatics market to triple in value by 2020

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The global bioinformatics market will triple in value over the next five years, growing from $4.11 billion in 2014 to $12.54 billion by the end of 2020, predicts a new report.

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Waters opens new joint lab with ChP

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Waters and the Chinese Pharmacopeia Commission (ChP) have formally opened their new Joint Open Laboratory in Beijing.

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Children at greater risk from PCBs in schools than in homes in urban North America

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A study of the dietary and inhalation exposure to PCBs of people living in urban USA has revealed that children are more exposed at school than in the home.

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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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