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Carl Saxton

I am currently working as a Publishing Editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry. I also occasionally write for Chemistry World. My background is inorganic chemistry, yet I have always had an interest in biology and biochemistry.

Articles by Carl Saxton:

Human Genome Project – 10 years since the first draft

  On the 15th February 2001 a draft version of the complete human genome was completed. [1] This draft version was far from perfect but was still a major milestone in the biological world.  So, what has come from this?  What have we learned so far and what is yet to come?   Background The…

09 Mar 2011 Inspiring and Thought Provoking

Applying Spectroscopy Techniques to Biology: Cracking the cause of Japanese beetle paralysis

An article in the latest issue of Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences (PNAS) caught my eye, which showcases quite nicely that a multitude of chemical spectroscopy techniques can be used for solving a simple observation that dates back nearly 100 years! In short, a team of US scientists using high-resolution mass spectrometry and…

18 Feb 2011 Analytical Chemistry and Chromatography Techniques

How Does Mass Spectroscopy Work?

Mass Spectrometry, also referred to as mass spec, is an analytical technique becoming increasingly important in bioscience research.  This article will introduce you to this technique, how it works, and how it could be useful to you in your research.  So let’s get started with your introduction to mass spectroscopy… What Is Mass Spectrometry? In…

16 Feb 2011 Analytical Chemistry and Chromatography Techniques