Chiral technology has become a very important aspect for scientists involved in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and agricultural industries. The chiral enantiomers can have vitally different pharmacological effects in biological systems. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandates that only therapeutically active isomers must be introduced to the prescription drug market.
Peptide mapping is one of the preferred techniques for the comprehensive characterization of biopharmaceutical products and is often the analytical method of choice for studying a protein's primary structure.
Phenomenex, Inc. (Torrance, California) announced that it has acquired Chemtek Analytica S.R.L. (Bologna, Italy), a subsidiary of Labservice Analytica S.R.L., and privately held SupWare (Hilleroed, Denmark).
This month's installment of "Sample Prep Perspectives" describes a new extraction technique called QuEChERS (standing for quick, easy, cheap, effective, and safe and is pronounced "catchers") for the sample preparation of pesticides in foods and agricultural samples.