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Race to understand Sars-CoV-2 variants amid fears virus might evade vaccines


Biochemical basis behind coronavirus variants’ success could hold key to defeating them

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Historical lead from petrol still poisons London’s air 20 years after its ban


Two decades after leaded petrol was banned in the UK, the toxic metal still hangs around London’s dusty roads – and it’s not going away

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Supermetals versus superbugs


With pathogenic bacteria rapidly overcoming our arsenal of organic antibiotics, James Mitchell Crow asks if it is time to revisit metal-based antimicrobials

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Former Nasa nanotechnologist jailed for hiding his China ties


US judge sentences senior Nasa scientist to 30 days imprisonment for lying about his participation in a Chinese talent programme

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Swiss decision to abandon trade talks raises questions over research relationship with EU


Political fallout could hit Swiss involvement in European science programmes

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BMS and Eisai agree antibody-drug conjugate commercialisation deal


Companies will jointly develop cancer treatment, with BMS paying up to $3 billion for shared rights

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Regeneron’s Covid-19 antibodies help those who can’t make their own


Regn-Cov2 reduces deaths and shortens hospitalisation for these patients, even when given at late stages of infection

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Tenured Kentucky toxicologist resigns ending years-long misconduct charges drama


Long-time University of Kentucky researcher resigns the day before Board was to vote on whether to revoke his tenure for research misconduct

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Quantum chemical reaction behind birds’ internal compass


Can migratory robins ‘see’ Earth’s magnetic field at night?

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Fun with f-elements


Working with lanthanides and actinides may be challenging, but David Mills says the field is ripe for discovery

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Sortase A strategy could see ribosomal products reach further across chemical space


Compound libraries set to benefit from process that harnesses promiscuity of post-translation enzymes

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Blocking bacteria’s self-poisoning mechanism weakens their antibiotic resistance


Stopping bacteria from producing hydrogen sulfide in response to drugs could help overcome antimicrobial resistance

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Nanomaterial stores radicals to power photopolymerisation in the dark


Reaction driven by long-lived radicals experiences fewer side reactions than photopolymerisation under light irradiation

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  • Ghanaian biochemistry TV star Marian Addy


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The rise of ferrofluids


Magnetic liquids are taking off, Hayley Bennett reports, but not as their inventor once imagined

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Reaching the molecular limit of magnetic memory


Clever chemistry could help computers cram even more data onto their hard drives. Rachel Brazil reports on single-molecule magnets

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Computer-guided retrosynthesis


Machine learning-based systems hope to outperform expert-guided reaction planning technology, finds Andy Extance

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How should chemical mixtures be regulated?


Nina Notman explores the challenge of assessing and managing risk from the coincidental chemical mixtures to which humans and the environment are exposed

  • The age of digital chemistry

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