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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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Nobel Prizes Uncategorized

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.

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Biochemistry C&EN

The chemistry of ant venom and pheromones – in C&EN

Ant bites and stings can cause intense pain. Here, we highlight some of the chemical components in ant venom that are responsible and zero in on molecular signals the insects use to communicate. View the full graphic on the Chemical & Engineering News site.

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Biochemistry Medicinal Chemistry

What’s in an epidural? – Medications for labour and birth

As you might have picked up from previous pregnancy-related posts on the site (here and here), my wife and I have been expecting our first child. During labour and birth, terms like ‘epidural’, ‘gas and air’ and ‘induction of labour’ get thrown around, but what specific drugs do these involve? How do they work? What […]