For this last issue of 2012 we have two lovely covers for you to enjoy. The colourful front cover comes from Sabine Zakel and colleagues at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt in Germany. They have been studying the iron status in human serum, as this is an important diagnostic marker for a number of conditions such as anemia and hemochromatosis.
Reference measurement procedures for the iron saturation in human transferrin based on IDMS and Raman scattering
Claudia Frank, Olaf Rienitz, Reinhard Jährling, Detlef Schiel and Sabine Zakel
Metallomics, 2012, 4, 1239-1244
On the inside front cover we have an image from Marta Ugarte from University of Manchester and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. With a team from across the UK and Spain they have been looking at trace elements in the retina of rats and the varying distributions of the elements in different parts of the retina.
Concentration of various trace elements in the rat retina and their distribution in different structures
Marta Ugarte, Geoffrey W. Grime, Gillian Lord, Kalotina Geraki, Joanna F. Collingwood, Mary E. Finnegan, Hannah Farnfield, Michael Merchant, Melanie J. Bailey, Neil I. Ward, Peter J. Foster, Paul N. Bishop and Neville N. Osborne
Metallomics, 2012, 4, 1245-1254