Archive for January, 2016

How to tell your left from your right amino acids

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Most amino acids exist in two forms that are chemically identical but are mirror images of each other, like left and right hands. Left-handed amino acids play a key role in biological processes and are vital to life. It therefore makes sense to want to differentiate between left and right-handed versions.

Read the full article in Chemistry World >>>


A universal strategy for visual chiral recognition of α-amino acids with L-tartaric acid-capped gold nanoparticles as colorimetric probes
Guoxin Song, Fulin Zhou, Chunli Xu and Baoxin Li
Analyst, 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5AN02434J

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SPEC 2016

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SPEC 2016 is due to take place at Palais des congrés de Montréal in Canada between 26th – 30th June 2016

‘This international conference series brings together clinicians and scientists who are developing and improving innovative pre-clinical and clinical applications of vibrational spectroscopy that can lead to health care delivery improvements.’

Dates for your diary:

15th February 2016: Abstract submission deadline
10th April 2016: Early bird and presenting author registration deadline

Click here to submit your abstract

To find out more about the conference and to register your interest, please visit their website

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Themed Issue on Innovative Tools for Cancer Screening, Detection and Diagnostics now published

The new themed issue for Analyst on innovative tools for cancer screening, detection and diagnostics is now published.

Guest Edited by Professor Steve Soper, University of North Carolina, USA and Dr Avraham Rasooly, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA, this collection is devoted to new technologies focused on the management of cancer-related diseases and covers a broad spectrum of new innovations including optical sensors (SERS, fluorescence, plasmon resonance, etc.), drug delivery vehicles, affinity agents, imaging contrast agents, microfluidics/nanofluidics and cell-based assays to name a few.

Cancer remains a devastating disease with 580,350 deaths and 1.66 million new cases reported in the US alone in 2013.  With 7.5 million deaths worldwide, cancer is the number 1 killer globally. Although 5-year survival rates have risen from 50% in 1975-77 to 68% in 2003-2008, major challenges remain toward further improving survival rates. The keys to realizing increased 5-year survival rates depend on significant improvements in early detection strategies as well as personalized treatment selection and effectively monitoring for disease recurrence. All of these focus areas can be enhanced through the development of new technological tools. Thus, this themed issue serves as a timely dissemination of new technologies that hold promise for the management of a variety of cancer-related diseases.

Enjoy!

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