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.

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.

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 […]


#ChemMonthly February 2019: Eight letter DNA, uranium from seawater, and infrared vision with nanoparticles

Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on eye injections of nanoparticles giving mice infrared vision, artificial DNA with eight letters instead of the usual four, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all […]


Six key pregnancy hormones and their roles

Pregnancy is a rollercoaster of shifting hormone levels which can have numerous effects. This graphic looks at six key hormones during pregnancy, their roles in the development of the baby, and other effects.

Biochemistry Biology Chemunicate

The mighty mitochondrion and respiration

We spend a lot of time on this site looking at the chemistry that goes on all around us. However, there are also chemical reactions taking place in every one of your cells. This Chemunicate graphic takes a brief look at mitochondria and the reactions that take place inside them that power our bodies.