#ChemMonthly November 2018: New mole definition, a ‘Chemputer’, and llama flu antibodies

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on the confirmation of a definition change for the kilogram and the mole, a ‘chemputer’ which can automate the synthesis of drugs, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories.

Note: links to studies behind a journal paywall are indicated with (£). Studies without this symbol are open access and can be accessed and read for free. Asterisked studies are free but require logging in to read. 

New definitions for the kilogram and the mole:


Llama antibodies could lead to human flu treatments: [Article] [Study (£)]

Hydrogen sulfide forms hydrogen bonds at low temperature: [Article] [Study (£)]

‘Chemputer’ autonomously makes three different drugs: [Article] [Study (£)]

Hundreds of halogenated pollutants in polar bear blood: [Article] [Study]

Mass spectrometry estimates age of blood, saliva and urine: [Article] [Study*]

Chlorophyll byproduct allows estimation of past carbon dioxide levels: [Article] [Study]

Gene-edited babies spark ethics controversy: [Article]

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