News All the news from July 2005 Opinion Desperate to purchase some new chromatographic instruments for his research group, Zosimus asks why there aren't any critical reviews out there that can help him with his choice. Market trends & analysis Regular contributor Glenn Cudiamat provides a market profile of ion chromatography. Isocratic separation of Biopolymers Frantisek Svec discusses a new method aimed at facilitating the analysis of biopolymers isocratically in miniaturized column formats. Country focus Italy is the focus this month with a number of research projects to report on including life on Mars. Q&A Uwe Lehmann from SLS Micro Technology answers our questions on miniaturized systems for chromatography.