Six Slinn Picks – chemical news

  • Microrockets aim at cancer diagnostics – Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have made self-propelled microtube rockets that can find and capture cancer cells from blood samples.
  • Nanomechanical investigations show how green tea can repair cancer cells – A UCLA team has now reported the effect of a green tea extract on live metastatic cancer cells and benign mesothelial cells taken from clinical patients.
  • Center to revolutionize chemical manufacture is open for business – An EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Centre for revolutionising the way pharmaceuticals and other chemicals are made has been officially launched.
  • Mars chemistry reveals how red planet cooled – The chemistry of volcanic rock on Mars offers a picture of the thermal history of the planet, according to scientists in France. The findings could provide a reference point for the evolution of other planets, they say.
  • Long chains give new life to RNA world hypothesis – The so-called RNA world hypothesis has gained fresh momentum with the synthesis of the longest lab grown RNA strands made using an enzyme that is itself made of RNA, an 'RNAzyme'.
  • Are we only a hop, skip and jump away from controlled molecular motion? – Scientists may very well be a hop, skip and jump away from controlled molecular motion, according to a study in this month's Nature Chemistry.

Chemist and writer Robert Slinn picks six of the best for his regular web column on Reactive Reports – Slinn Pickings.

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