It’s December 2021. Albert Heck explains how native MS may help rewrite the textbooks on immunology – and life itself: "To our surprise, we found that just a couple 100 different antibodies dominate the repertoire in each person’s blood – a number so low in comparison to what was previously believed (10exp15), that we knew these findings were already very exciting. But then we also discovered that each person had their own personal repertoire of antibodies – equally exciting".
Also this issue brings a number of other instrumental innovations: Find out which 15 trailblazing technologies cut the mustard with our judges in this year’s Innovation Awards! This issue also features an interview with “Analytical Neuroscientist,” Jonathan Sweedler, who was recently ranked first on our annual Power List – for the second time. Sticking with the life sciences, Michael McGinley walks us through the Wild West of Oligonucleotide Analytics, where survival requires a good understanding of both chemistry and biology. Elsewhere, Norbert Jakubowski discusses how to take ICP-MS to the next level, and Calum Preece reviews the role of stable isotope analysis in the ongoing search for evidence of our changing environment. Finally, find out how gas spectroscopy could solve critical clinical challenges in respiratory diagnostics and how NMR spectroscopy could help scientists in the fight against antifungal resistance. Enjoy! Some articles will be online before we send off the printed version. Stay tuned.