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Researchers have created a miniaturized, portable version of the mass spectrometer, which traditionally has been bulky, limiting its in-field potential. Other smaller spectrometers have been less sensitive and more likely to break down.

The new portable tool provides a faster and simpler way to analyze compounds. Instead of sending samples to a lab and waiting for results, the portable instrument can give immediate results.