How mass spectrometry is furthering the study of lipids

10/10/2011 | Chemical & Engineering News

The diversity and sheer number of lipids has inhibited their study, but mass spectrometry is helping scientists better identify, classify and analyze them, according to this article. "Lipids behave in a collective. You're studying the collective behavior of certain similarly built molecules. That's why lipid analysis is always 100% quantitative. We can speculate how accurate it is, but it's absolutely quantitative," says Andrej Shevchenko of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics in Germany.

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