Tag Archives: Chemistry

A new cross-coupling simplifies the synthesis of drug-like molecules

LA JOLLA, CA – March 12, 2018 – Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have designed a new molecule-building method that uses sulfones as partners for cross-coupling reactions, or the joining of two distinct chemical entities in a programmed fashion aided by a catalyst. The technique, described recently in the journal Science, paves the way toward other new… Read More »

A Molecular Automaton for Cancer Therapy

A team of Bilkent and Hacettepe University researchers, led by Prof. Engin Umut Akkaya of the Department of Chemistry and the National Nanotechnology Research Center (UNAM), has published an article in the journal Nature Communications on a molecular demultiplexer that functions as a “terminator” automaton. But this tiny terminator is on our side: it kills cancer cells, then… Read More »

Cancer Agency Awards More Than $3 Million to University of Texas at Austin Scientists

AUSTIN, Texas – Three awards totaling $3.19 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) will support cancer research in The University of Texas at Austin’s Departments of Molecular Biosciences and Chemistry. Everett Stone, a research assistant professor of molecular biosciences, was awarded a $900,000 Individual Investigator Award to aid in the development of a potential drug… Read More »

The Show of the Magic of Chemistry illuminated Christmas at the IUPI

By Ashlee Cruz Lebrón Reportera Communications Office Río Piedras Campus – UPR Last Friday, December 22, 2017 the Show of the Magic of Chemistry arrived with Santa Claus to the IUPI. The American Chemical Society (ACS) of the chapter of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus (UPR-RP) brought the joy of Christmas through its first Christmas Show… Read More »

Hydrogen fuel production inspired by photosynthesis in nature

Prof. Galya Maayan of the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry at the Technion has developed an innovative catalyst that significantly improves the production process of hydrogen from water The decomposition of water for the purpose of hydrogen production is a challenge that has occupied many research groups around the world in recent decades. This is because hydrogen fuel is a… Read More »

Uncovering Varied Pathways to Agriculture

New dates for a 15,000-year-old site in Jordan challenge some prevailing assumptions about the beginnings of permanent settlement Around 15,000 years ago, the Natufian culture appeared in what is today’s Middle East. This culture, which straddled the border between nomadic and settled lifestyles, had diverse, complex origins – much more than researchers have assumed. This finding arises from… Read More »

Solving the problem of surgical stainless steel

Stainless steel is widely used in surgical medicine: for medical devices such coronary stents, hip-implant stems and spinal-disc replacements, and for a variety of surgical tools such as scalpels and forceps, as well as operating tables. As a material, however, stainless steel isn’t without its flaws. Over time, steel implants can cause allergic and toxic reactions and be… Read More »

‘Science, Action!’ contest puts research in motion

Postsecondary students across the country, including three from Western, are getting out of the labs and behind the camera for the annual Science, Action! initiative, sponsored by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), to highlight how research improves our daily lives. Western videos include: Swallow Survival Taking Flight by Dean Evans (Biology); Rust Revealed by Thalia Standish (Chemistry);… Read More »

CRISPR gene-editing systems 3D animation

The CRISPR systems visualization project was created by Visual Science biologists and scientific visualization experts with support from the Skoltech Biotechnology faculty. The animation is based on molecular modeling and dynamics, which allowed us to produce accurate models of natural and engineered CRISPR complexes, as well as to visualize the interiors of the bacterial cell and human cell nuclei. The visualization demonstrates both natural (bacterial) and genetically-engineered CRISPR… Read More »