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Biochemistry

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.

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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.

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Biochemistry

How do pregnancy tests work?

Pregnancy has been in the news over the past month, with a royal baby back in October and the usual smattering of celebrity pregnancies. The inspiration for this post, however, originated a little closer to home; let’s just say that, in around 6 months’ time, my wife and I are going to be entering a […]

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Biochemistry C&EN

The chemistry of Venus flytraps – in C&EN

Most plants get nutrients from the soil. But Venus flytraps prey on insects to get what they need. This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at how these carnivorous plants molecularly lure and trap their prey. View the full graphic on the C&EN site.

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Nobel Prizes

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Harnessing evolution to produce new enzymes and antibodies

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Analytical Chemistry Nobel Prizes

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – Revealing the structures of biomolecules with cryo-electron microscopy

The last of this year’s Nobel Prizes, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was awarded today. This year’s prize went to the development of cryo-electron microscopy, a technique that allows the structures of biomolecules to be revealed where other techniques fail. It also gives scientists insights into how proteins move and interact with other molecules, as […]