Biochemistry ChemVsCOVID Coronavirus

#ChemVsCOVID: Highlighting how science has helped fight COVID-19

A year and a day ago, the genetic sequence of the virus that has since spread across the world was shared. Though we were yet to appreciate the effect that the virus would come to have on our lives, this was already the moment at which science started to fight back. In this new series […]

Biology Nobel Prizes

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Using genetic scissors to edit the genome

The third and final science Nobel Prize of 2020 was awarded today. The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for the development of CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors, a tool that allows scientists to edit genomes.

Food Chemistry

The Chemistry of Brussels Sprouts: Bitterness & Genetics

There’s one vegetable at the Christmas dinner table that’s always bound to elicit strong and contrary opinions: brussels sprouts. Much like marmite, they seem to conjure up a ‘love it or hate it’ sentiment; however, if you fall into the latter camp, there may actually be a chemical and genetic reason why you can’t stand […]