A Little Blood Goes A Long Way

November 16, 2010
Robert Moreschi

A new technique, using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS), has now made it easier for scientists and researchers to obtain any information they need from very small amounts of blood.

A new technique, using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS), has now made it easier for scientists and researchers to obtain any information they need from very small amounts of blood.

The technique, which was developed by a group of researchers from the University of Colorado led by anesthesiologist Jeffry Galinkin, uses a new method of screening miniscule amounts of dried blood for chemicals.

This new method will reportedly solve the current problem that researchers have faced with obtaining a sufficient amount of blood from infants to test for chemicals. According to Galinkin, drug dosing guides for infants is the primary priority for the researchers, however it is only one of many possible applications of the technique, which include diagnosing HIV or tuberculosis, and even testing for banned substances in athletes.

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