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Mass Spectrometer usage

Mass spectrometry (MS) is an analytical technique that measures the mass to charge ratio of charged particles. It is used for determining masses of particles, for determining the elemental composition of a sample or molecule, and for elucidating the chemical structures of molecules, such as peptides and other chemical compounds. MS works by ionizing chemical compounds to generate charged molecules or molecule fragments and measuring their mass to charge ratios.

Many of our Emerging Researchers use a mass spectrometry in some form. For example, a mass spectrometer can identify thousands of proteins in a single experiment. This powerful instrument is being used to identify protein interactions, protein modifications and relative protein abundance in hearing cells, and specifically how a mutation in a protein associated with hearing loss might affect critical functions of the cell.

Your contribution will allow these scientific procedures to take place and progress the hearing field forward.

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