This unusual text is not simply a compilation of mass spectrometric methods but provides, instead, insight into specific approaches mass spectroscopists use when applying the technique to a variety of biological problems. Each chapter provides guidance in using the appropriate methods for isolating and purifying the compound class prior to mass spectrometric analysis. Covered in-depth are the mass spectrometry of carbohydrates, peptide sequencing by mass spectrometry, mass spectrometry of nucleic acid components, and mass spectrometry in pharmacology. This definitive look at a growing facet of the science is an essential reference for biochemists, biological chemists, bioanalytical chemists, and students. 1990 (0-471-61303-7) 396 pp.