The matrix analysis

A single drop of blood is enough to identify sugars, fatty acids, amino acids, and various metabolites thanks to the development of Matrix-Assisted Ionization/Laser Desorption (MAILD), which extends classical MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany and their colleagues from the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague have developed a new method that is quick and reliable. The next stage in the development of MAILD will be to use it quantitatively as well as qualitatively at which point it could be a useful tool for medical and biological diagnostics.