Volume 89 Issue 41 | pp. 15-20
Issue Date: October 10, 2011

Cover Story

Lipids Take Charge

Mass spectrometry propels the field of lipidomics
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: mass spectrometry, lipids, imaging, ion mobility, lipidomics

In the “omics” world, lipids have long been in the shadows, while nucleic acids and proteins hogged the limelight. But now, this broad-ranging class of biomolecules is stepping into the spotlight as well. And mass spectrometry (MS) is the tool that is making it possible.

Like genomics and proteomics before it, lipidomics is about the profiling of a particular type of biomolecule in a cell or organism. But lipids are much more chemically diverse than . . .

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