Light scattering in life science applications
Many questions in modern life sciences ask for precise characterization of particles. These particles range from protein, DNA, RNA to complex macromolecular complexes and mixtures. Their analysis often requires determination of the exact molecular weight (in Dalton), shape/size information (in nm) and polydispersity. These parameters in hand allow great assessment of the samples quality for basic research as well biotechnological and pharmaceutical applications (see below). Light scattering methods offer an elegant and fast way to characterize particles in molecular biology, biotechnology and medicine.