ChemVsCOVID Medicinal Chemistry

#ChemVsCOVID: How nucleoside analogue antivirals combat COVID

One year ago, in October 2020, the US FDA approved remdesivir: the first antiviral drug approved for COVID-19. While it’s not as effective as was first thought, similar drugs look like they could be more successful. The latest graphic in the #ChemVsCOVID series with the Royal Society of Chemistry examines how they work.

Nobel Prizes

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine: The discovery of the receptors that let us sense temperature and touch

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded today, to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian “for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch”.

Biochemistry Chemistry in the News

What is folic acid, and why is it important during pregnancy?

This week, the UK has confirmed it plans to fortify non-wholemeal flour with folic acid. It’s not the first country to do so: the United States has been fortifying flour with folic acid since 1998. Most countries in South America and a number in Asia also have mandatory fortification programs. This graphic looks at the […]


Dahlia colour chemistry: Why don’t we see blue dahlias?

Dahlias: the jewels of the late summer garden. Shades of red, yellow, orange, pink, with their petals forming intricate geometric structures. But, like roses and many other flowers, the dahlia spectrum is missing one colour: blue. So why are blue blooms so rare in nature?

C&EN Chemical Concerns

Risks of Radon: The radiation beneath our feet – in C&EN

Radiation exposure – something you’d undoubtedly want to avoid. But we’re all exposed to low levels of background radiation all the time, and the majority of this comes from the ground beneath our feet. The latest edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at how radon is generated by radioactive decay and […]


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