Peptides are becoming increasingly of interest as potential therapeutics, however, often they require chemical modifications. As peptides are polymers made up of repeating units of amino acids; how can we selectively modify one site over another?
If RNA is essential for life to develop, how could it emerge from messy chemical mixtures on early Earth?
Thermosets are a class of plastics that have been traditionally difficult to recycle. This new method to design and degrade thermosets may reduce plastic pollution.
The addition of common table salt can transform the workings of a complex organic chemistry reaction.
Genetically-engineered cell therapies are poised to become some of the most potent weapons in our arsenal against cancer and immunological diseases. However, significant toxicity is sometimes associated with these therapies due to uncontrolled proliferation and activation of these cells. To address this, Jan and colleagues developed a chemical strategy whereby an FDA-approved drug could be used to control the activity of these cells, opening the door for a new generation of safer and more controllable cell-based therapies.
Antibiotics are all something we have all taken at one point or another – but how many of us wonder about what happens to those antibiotics next? When we stop and think about it, we might start to realise how our actions are unintentionally impacting the environment around us.
The world which we perceive is governed by the laws of classical mechanics. Whereas when we bring down the temperature conditions of a reaction to the ultracold regime, we start appreciating the reactions’ true nature.
Recently discovered tick enzyme can attack human skin bacteria, protecting ticks while they feed from human blood.
Copper concentration in pesticides can be decreased by combining copper with lignin, a waste product from paper manufacturing.
With a growing interest in the field of RNA-targeted therapeutics, robust platforms to study RNA small-molecule interactions are needed. Read about the latest endeavor here!
Infected cattle can transmit E. coli to humans through contaminated ground beef, but scientists are looking for a solution.
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The onset of Alzheimer’s disease is still not well understood. Researchers have developed a high-resolution visualization technique that could lead to improved treatment outcomes. Check it out!
Developing new ways to produce clean alternative energy sources is of paramount importance. Let’s find out how researchers are using reactions within droplets to produce hydrogen gas, a clean energy source.
Developing a drug that is able to enter the cell and interact with its target is no mean feat, especially for large molecules. Read about how this group ‘masked’ large molecules to improve their cell permeability.
While most scientists search for specific treatments for viruses like Ebola, Zika and SARS-Cov-2, non-specific methods can have broad impact. Researchers from the United States and Germany joined forces to make non-specific molecular “tweezers” that pluck pieces out of its membrane, leading to disintegrating and dead viruses.
The story of a research team in Botswana that joined forces with local traditional healers for a powerful scientific collaboration.
A new way to have incompatible reactions occur in spatially separate regions of a liquid to create methanol from methane.
The earthy smell of soil originates from the bacteria that live there. But why do they produce this particular scent?
Tired of consuming 5 different medications a day? Read how the researchers are developing new ways to load different drugs in a single delivery system.