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Web Date: January 10, 2013

Finding Signs Of Life With Ion Mobility Spectrometry

Disaster Response: Portable technique identifies chemicals in human breath that could signal that people are trapped inside a collapsed building
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: search and rescue, ion mobility spectrometry, gas chromatography, metabolite, human breath

With every breath, people exhale a plume of chemicals. Now researchers have developed a method to quickly and easily detect this signature of life with a portable device (Anal. Chem., DOI: 10.1021/ac302752f). The team hopes that the approach can help firefighters and other first responders find people trapped inside rubble after earthquakes, terrorist attacks, . . .

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