1709, 2018
  • C&EN – Platinum drugs for cancer preview

40 years of platinum drugs for cancer – in C&EN

September 17th, 2018|

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2018 marks 40 years since the FDA first approved cisplatin, a platinum-containing drug to treat cancer. This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at how it works and some of the other platinum-containing drugs that followed. Click through to see the full version of the graphic on the C&EN site. […]

802, 2018
  • Snowdrops and Galantamine

What links snowdrops, Alzheimer’s disease, and chemical warfare?

February 8th, 2018|

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Snowdrops and chemical warfare aren’t two things you’d expect to mention in the same sentence. However, there’s a surprising link between the two thanks to a compound found in these winter flowers. This graphic looks at this compound and how it helps treat both Alzheimer’s disease and nerve agent poisoning.


2301, 2018
  • 01-23 - Gertrude Elion's Birthday

Today in Chemistry History: Gertrude B Elion and drug discovery firsts

January 23rd, 2018|

Today, 23 January, marks the birthday of Gertrude B Elion, a chemist who jointly won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work on drug treatments and the discovery of several drugs used to treat a variety of diseases. This graphic takes a look at some of the key medicines she discovered.


1505, 2017
  • C&EN - Hepatitis Treatments

Hepatitis Awareness Month & Hepatitis Treatments – in C&EN

May 15th, 2017|

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month in the U.S. This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN looks at some of the basics of hepatitis and its different types, as well as how the drugs used to treat the disease have changed over the years. Click through to see the full graphic on the C&EN site.


1105, 2017
  • C&EN Allergies Preview

The Chemistry of Allergies and Antihistamines – in C&EN

May 11th, 2017|

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It’s coming around to the time of year when hay fever strikes! Here’s a look at the chemical cause, and at how some of the medicines you can take to alleviate the symptoms actually work. You can see the full graphic over on the C&EN site.


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.