Life sciences and mass spectrometry: some personal reflections.

Journal: Biological Chemistry

Molecular analysis of biological systems by mass spectrometry was in focus of technological developments in the second half of the 20th century, in which the issues of chemical identification of high molecular diversity by biophysical instrumental methods appeared as a mission impossible. By developing dialogs between researchers dealing with life sciences and medicine on one side and technology developers on the other, new horizons toward deciphering, identifying and quantifying of complex systems became a reality. Contributions toward this goal can be today considered as pioneering efforts delivered by a number of researchers, including generations of motivated students and associates.

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