Latest chemistry news

  • Alzheimer’s protein revealed – CSIRO scientists and collaborators have made major inroads in cracking a structure of the protein thought to cause Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Compounds to combat cold sores – New compounds to fight the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1), which causes cold sores, have been made by researchers from Italy. The compounds' antiviral activity could be enhanced further by encapsulating them in a cyclodextrin nanocarrier that acts as a delivery system.
  • Plankton inspires creation of stealth armour for slow release microscopic drug vehicles – The ability of some forms of plankton and bacteria to build an extra natural layer of nanoparticle-like armour has inspired chemists at the University of Warwick to devise a startlingly simple way to give drug bearing polymer vesicles (microscopic polymer based sacs of liquid) their own armoured protection.
  • Scientists synthesize long-sought-after anticancer agent – A team of Yale University scientists has synthesized for the first time a chemical compound called lomaiviticin aglycon, leading to the development of a new class of molecules that appear to target and destroy cancer stem cells.
  • Communication pathways within proteins may yield new drug targets to stop superbugs – A School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis biophysicist has developed a new method to identify communication pathways connecting distant regions within proteins.

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