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A Rough Guide to the IARC’s Carcinogen Classifications

Today’s big news has been the story that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified processed meat (including bacon, ham, and salami) as a Group 1 carcinogen. This places it in the same group as smoking, which has led to a number of headlines claiming that it means the risk from the two is the […]

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Chemical Concerns Undeserved Reputations

Undeserved Reputation? Aspartame, The Artificial Sweetener

Last week, Pepsi announced they will be removing aspartame, the artificial sweetener, from Diet Pepsi (in the US), and replacing it with another artificial sweetener, sucralose. This reignited the discussion on aspartame, probably one of the most maligned substances in fizzy drinks – but what does the science say on its safety? This graphic looks at the […]

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Medicinal Chemistry

A Summary of Common Vaccine Components

The recent measles outbreak in the US has once again provoked discussion over vaccinations, and why some parents choose not to vaccinate their children despite the benefits of doing so. Whilst not the only factor, part of the blame lies with misinformation about the chemical composition of vaccines and the effects these compounds can have. This graphic summarises some […]

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Biochemistry Food Chemistry

The Chemical Structures of Vitamins

Vitamins are an important part of our diet, but you probably haven’t given a great deal of thought to their chemical structures. This graphic shows chemical structures for all 13 vitamins; though there can be some variability in these structures in sources of the vitamins, these are generally representative. They perform a range of roles in […]

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This Week In Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry: A New Antibiotic, & Flexible Implants for Paralysis

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard the news about a new antibiotic and its novel method of discovery, but there have also been stories about the potential of testosterone injections to slow the growth of prostrate […]

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This Week In Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry: Controlling Weight Gain, & Smartphone Gas Detectors

Here’s the weekly summary of chemistry research and news, this week featuring stories on the development of a compound which could help prevent weight gain in overweight adults, and confirmation of a new form of ice. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below, as well as links to further stories […]