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. 


2403, 2017
  • World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day – Statistics, Symptoms, and Treatment

March 24th, 2017|

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24 March is World Tuberculosis Day. Tuberculosis is curable and preventable – yet 1.8 million people died as a result of it in 2015 alone, meaning it ranks alongside HIV as the world’s most deadly infectious disease. This graphic take a look at the basics of the disease, and how it can be treated.


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life, but if a more stable version of a drug is discovered after it has reached the market, products may end up being withdrawn, costing money.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.


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.


2212, 2016
  • C&EN Stress and Anxiety Chemistry Preview

Tackling Stress and Anxiety with Chemistry

December 22nd, 2016|

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Christmas is meant to be a relaxing time spent with family, but gift-shopping and family dinners can sometimes pile on the stress over the holiday period. For others, anxiety is a year-round battle. In this month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN, we take a basic look at the chemical causes of stress, and the medications we currently turn to to help treat it. Click through to the C&EN site to see the full graphic!