Both a thorough introduction and laboratory guide!This book is based on the lectures and demonstrations presented at a successful workshop organized by the authors. Expert contributions and the support of more than a dozen companies engaged in bioanalysis and instrumentation enabled the participants to familiarize themselves with the most recent developments e.g. in protein separation and characterization (including laser desorption-ionisation mass spectrometry), fragmentation and micro sequencing.The workshop was held in the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry at Martinsried. It helped graduate students and researchers from academia and industry both to understand and apply themselves the most sophisticated methods available. This book offers a stimulating combination of basic concepts and practical applications - and is thus useful at all levels.