2505, 2017
  • nanoComposix – Diagnosing Diseases with Novel Nanoparticles

Diagnosing Diseases with Novel Nanoparticles

May 25th, 2017|

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Testing for pregnancy and testing for diseases might sound like two very different things. However, they can both be accomplished with the use of nanoparticles. In the latest Chemunicate graphic, we take a look at how nanoparticles can be used to detect diseases, and how scientists are working to improve them even further.

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205, 2017
  • The Secrets of the Coke and Mentos Fountain

The Secrets of the Coke and Mentos Fountain

May 2nd, 2017|

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It’s one of the most popular science demonstrations: Pop a handful of Mentos candies into a bottle of Coke, and a fountain of bubbles rapidly spurts from the open bottle, often over a metre into the air. Originally the explanation for the effect was thought to be quite simple. However, scientists are finding that there’s more to this spectacular demonstration than meets the eye.

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2703, 2017
  • Combating Chemoresistance by Targeting DNA Repair

Combating Chemoresistance: Blocking DNA Repair to Fight Cancer

March 27th, 2017|

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In 2012, the most recent year for which the information is available, there were 8.2 million cancer-related deaths worldwide. Chemotherapy is a common treatment resort, but it’s by no means a magic bullet, and this is often due to chemoresistance. This latest Chemunicate graphic, made on behalf of Thomas Fleming at the University of Oxford, looks at how understanding this process can help chemists develop new drugs to tackle the problem. 

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2702, 2017
  • Finding More Stable Drugs Using Full Interaction Maps

Finding More Stable Forms of Drugs Using Full Interaction Maps

February 27th, 2017|

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When pharmaceutical companies manufacture a drug, finding the drug’s most stable form is important. Not only do drugs become less effective as they degrade, limiting their useful shelf life, but if a more stable version of a drug is discovered after it has reached the market, products may end up being withdrawn, costing money. As a result, chemists are developing methods to evaluate drug stability, and using a “Full Interaction Maps” tool is one such computational method.

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1602, 2017
  • Protein Fragment Hotspots and Drug Discovery CCDC

Protein Fragment Hotspots: Helping the Design of Better Medicines

February 16th, 2017|

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This latest Chemunicate graphic (the Compound Interest side project that works with chemistry researchers and institutions to highlight their research in graphical form) was made for the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, and takes a look at a particular computational method that can be used to assist in the discovery of drug molecules.

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411, 2016
  • RealTimeChem Week - Carbon Dioxide to Plastics

RealTimeChem Week: Turning Carbon Dioxide into Useful Plastics

November 4th, 2016|

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This week (31 Oct – 6 Nov) is #RealTimeChem Week – if you’re a tweeting chemist or chemistry enthusiast, you’ll probably know what that is already, but if you’re not familiar with it check out the FAQ here! Like last year, I’m creating graphics showcasing the work of the three winners of the #RealTimeChem week competition I ran earlier in October – hopefully explaining cutting edge research in easily understandable terms!

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