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Chemistry in the News Coronavirus Medicinal Chemistry

What are the COVID-19 RNA vaccines and how do they work?

By now, we’re all familiar with the image of coronavirus. The spikey blob peppers news websites, looms behind reporters during bulletins and frequently punctuates your Twitter doom-scrolling. More recently, the news accompanying this image has taken a positive turn, with promising results from the COVID-19 vaccine trials. It’s the iconic spikes of the coronavirus spikey […]

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Biochemistry

The chemistry of poppies: colours and opium

11 November is Remembrance Day. As the flowers that grew on the battlefields of WWI, poppies are used as the symbol for this day. This graphic takes a look at the chemical compounds behind their colours, as well as some of the useful medical compounds that can be obtained from different types of poppies.

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Biochemistry C&EN Halloween Chemistry

Halloween special: The Science of Fear – in C&EN

It’s spooky season, and for this year’s Halloween special we’re looking at the biochemistry that makes you jump and panic when things go bump in the night! View the full graphic on the Chemical & Engineering News site.

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Biology Nobel Prizes

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine: The discovery of the hepatitis C virus

Today the first of the 2020 Nobel Prizes was awarded. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2020 was awarded jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice “for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus.”

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Biochemistry C&EN Food Chemistry

A guide to natural sweeteners – in C&EN

Sugars aren’t the only plant compounds you can use as sweeteners. The latest edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at the molecules in sweeteners from a variety of sources. View the full graphic on the C&EN site.

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Biochemistry Biology C&EN

Rashes and burns: summer plant irritants – in C&EN

When outdoors this summer, watch out for plants that can cause rashes, blisters and more! Learn more about the chemistry behind these reactions in the latest edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News. Click to view the full graphic on the C&EN site.