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Thermo Fisher Outfits Scottish Metabolomics Facility with Four Mass Specs


This story originally ran on March 18.

Thermo Fisher Scientific this week said it is providing four mass spectrometers to the Scottish Metabolomics Facility.

The four instruments are an LTZ Orbitrap Velos with ETD and FAIMS source, a DSQ-II GC-MS, and two Exactive LC-MS benchtop systems.

Funded by the Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance, ScotMet is run jointly by the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.

In a statement, Jennifer Bell, executive director of SULSA, said "ScotMet aims to provide a world-class facility staffed by experts in metabolomics who work closely with leaders in the fields of genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics to offer training, sample analysis and collaboration on experimental design and data handling. This advances the growing field of metabolomics and to support systems initiatives across Scotland."

According to Thermo Fisher, the mass accuracy and sensitivity of the LTQ Orbitrap Velos, equipped with multiple fragmentation modes, such as ETD, as well as CID, HCD, and PQD, allows researchers to accelerate their research. For high-throughput metabolite screening, the fast polarity switching of the Exactive allows "effective data collection in positive and negative modes," the firm said.

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