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Four ways to destroy coronavirus

How do you fight something you can’t see? That’s the question when it comes to the coronavirus crisis which currently has many of us holed up at home. Physical distancing is one important answer to preventing the spread of the virus, as avoiding catching it in the first place stops you from spreading it to […]

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Biochemistry Biology C&EN

The elements of fertilizers – in C&EN

Now that Spring is here and we’re all busy social distancing, it’s likely we’ll all be spending more time in the garden. The latest edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN takes a look at what’s in the fertilisers we add to our gardens at this time of year, and how they help plants grow. View […]

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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 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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Biology

The viruses behind colds and flu

We’re taking a detour into biology for today’s graphic, looking at the colds that many of us are suffering from at this time of year. It’s doubly topical considering the coronavirus outbreak in China at the time of writing. This graphic highlights the viruses that cause colds and flu and their different characteristics.

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The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine: How our cells sense and adapt to oxygen levels

Today saw the first of the 2019 Nobel Prizes awarded. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza “for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability.” This graphic takes a look at the prize-winning research.