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  • Slices of beetroot

    Beetroot beats route to Alzheimer's

    2 May 2018

    Betanin, the compound that gives beetroot it’s distinctive purple colour, may slow the process of protein misfolding that is linked to Alzheimer’s disease

  • Cycling road race – from behind


    20 April 2018

    Concluding our pair of podcasts on a recent cycling scandal, Ben Valsler looks at the corticosteroid triamcinolone

  • Cyclists in a road race


    12 April 2018

    How a versatile drug that helps manage lung conditions and treat paracetamol overdose found itself at the centre of a cycling scandal

  • Huaorani hunter using a traditional blowpipe

    Curare and ouabain

    6 April 2018

    Jamie Durrani presents a pair of plant-based poisons

  • Ikea-style manual for step by step gene synthesis

    Step-by-step synthesis of DNA

    6 April 2018

    Andy Extance discovers how scientists are delivering the extremely accurate DNA chemistry and biochemistry needed to make genes – and even genomes

  • Illustrated portrait of Frances Arnold

    In situ with Frances Arnold

    1 April 2018

    This revolutionary engineer loves to walk, travel, and learn from nature

  • Pore protein from staphylococcus aureus

    Powers of prediction

    30 March 2018

    If the terrifyingly difficult problem of protein folding is getting closer to a solution, what other intractable problems are ripe for answering?

  • Protein folding origami concept illustration

    Go with the fold

    30 March 2018

    From a seemingly impossible problem a few years ago, some researchers think that predicting the folded structures of protein could be solved pretty soon. James Mitchell Crow reports

  • 3d rendering of a subsea cable on the seabed

    Gutta percha

    29 March 2018

    Kat Arney on the tree sap that once insulated transatlantic cables

  • Crystal structure of the PTAP peptide (PEPTAPPEE; pink) bound to UEV (purple); PDB ID = 3OBU40

    Bacteria churn out a million potential protein drugs

    19 March 2018

    Modified bacteria produce enormous library of macrocycles, one of which inhibits a HIV protein