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The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine: The discovery of the hepatitis C virus

Today the first of the 2020 Nobel Prizes was awarded. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2020 was awarded jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice “for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus.”

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C&EN Coronavirus Medicinal Chemistry

A guide to COVID-19 testing – in C&EN

We’re several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and testing is vital to preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. The latest edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical and Engineering News looks at how current diagnostics work and what they tell us. Click to view the full graphic on the C&EN site.

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Chemistry in the News Coronavirus Medicinal Chemistry

Antibody tests, part 2: How do antibody tests work?

Last week, we looked at what coronavirus antibody tests can and can’t tell us. In part 2 of this series of graphics on antibody testing, we look at how the tests work to arrive at their results. As we’ll see, there’s not only one type of antibody test and they can vary in accuracy and […]

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Chemistry in the News Coronavirus Medicinal Chemistry

Antibody tests, part 1: What can antibody tests tell us?

Have you already had COVID-19? Even if you’ve had symptoms consistent with it, you may not know for certain if you didn’t have a test at the time. But newly approved antibody tests may be able to tell you if you had the infection. What exactly can these tests tell us? Part one of this […]

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Biology Coronavirus Medicinal Chemistry

How does immunity work? In C&EN

When you recover from an infection, what stops you from catching it again? The latest edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN looks at how our immune system responds to infections like coronavirus, how we can test to see if someone’s had an infection, and how vaccines work to prevent them. View the full graphic on […]

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C&EN Medicinal Chemistry

Cannabidiol (CBD): Medicine from hemp – in C&EN

The first CBD-containing drug was approved in the US in 2018. This graphic looks at what this drug, Epidiolex, is used to treat and whether the increasing number of CBD supplements are effective. View the full graphic on the Chemical & Engineering News site.