Journal articles made easy: Detecting strep throat using mass spectrometry

Description

This article looks at detecting strep throat bacterium using touch spray mass spectrometry. It will help you understand the research the journal article is based on, and how to read and understand journal articles. The research article was originally published in our Analyst journal. 
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Abbreviations used in text

Abbreviation

Name

Role

Links

GAS

Group A streptococcus

Lancefield group A Streptococci defined by bacterial carbohydrates, abbreviation GAS is commonly used in medicine, includes Streptococcus pyogenes.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

GBS

Group B streptococcus

Lancefield group B, commonly referred to as GBS in medicine, includes Streptococcus agalactiae.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MS

Mass Spectrometry

Instrumental analysis technique that measures the mass-to-charge of gas-phase ions using a mass spectrometer. The information obtained is indicative of mass and quantity of molecules in a sample.

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S. Pyogenes

Streptococcus pyogenes bacterium

A species of Streptococci that is the primary cause of strep throat and other infections.

Nature

TS

Touch Spray

A method of sampling and ionization using the same substrate.

Analyst

TS-MS

Touch spray - mass spectrometry

A hyphenated ambient mass spectrometry method in which ions are created using touch spray and then analyzed using a mass spectrometer.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Journal articles made easy are journal articles from a range of Royal Society of Chemistry journals that have been re-written into a standard, accessible format. They contain links to the associated Chemistry World article, ChemSpider entries, related journal articles, books and Learn Chemistry resources such as videos of techniques, and resources on theory and activities. They should facilitate students understanding of scientific journal articles and how to extract and interpret the information in them.