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Biochemistry Chemistry in the News

How do the tests for coronavirus work?

At the time of writing, there have been almost a quarter of a million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The number of deaths is approaching 10,000. Across the world, countries are scrambling to increase their testing capacity for the virus — how are these tests carried out and how do they work?

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Chemistry History Women in Chemistry

International Women’s Day: Twelve women from chemistry history – pt. 3

8 March is International Women’s Day. As in previous years, I’ve put together another edition of this series looking at underappreciated women from chemistry history.

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Chemistry in the News Medicinal Chemistry

Coronavirus: How hand sanitisers protect against infections

As coronavirus continues its spread, panic-buying has swept supermarket shelves of hand sanitisers. What’s in these sanitisers and how effective are they in comparison to hand washing? This graphic takes a look.

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C&EN Medicinal Chemistry

Cannabidiol (CBD): Medicine from hemp – in C&EN

The first CBD-containing drug was approved in the US in 2018. This graphic looks at what this drug, Epidiolex, is used to treat and whether the increasing number of CBD supplements are effective. View the full graphic on the Chemical & Engineering News site.

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Organic Chemistry

Organic functional groups chart – expanded edition

Since I published my original functional groups chart back in 2014, I’ve had a fair few requests to expand it to include more functional groups. This week, I finally got around to doing that!

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Periodic Tables

International Day of Women & Girls in Science: The women of the periodic table

February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To mark the occasion, this graphic looks at the contributions of women to the periodic table. The table highlights element discoveries women have been involved in and the two elements named after women.