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  • Surgery
    Podcast

    Pancuronium bromide

    19 January 2017

    Katrina Krämer explores one of the key muscle relaxants used in surgery

  • A cattle skull on bare ground
    Podcast

    TCDD or dioxin

    11 January 2017

    Matt Gunther looks into TCDD, or dioxin, and the tragic Seveso accident

  • A man measuring his waistline with a measuring tape
    Podcast

    Orlistat

    4 January 2017

    Chemistry in its Element podcast: Kit Chapman looks at a poster child in the battle against obesity

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    Podcast

    Diazepam

    7 December 2016

    Jamie Durrani introduces one of the biggest selling pharmaceuticals in history, the ‘mother’s little helper’: Diazepam

  • Alaska
    Podcast

    Swainsonine

    30 November 2016

    Did this insidious plant poison kill a hiker in Alaska?

  • Woman with acne
    Podcast

    Benzoyl peroxide

    16 November 2016

    The blondest blonde, the whitest smile, the clearest complexion – all from one essential compound

  • Single-strand damage in DNA
    Podcast

    PARP: Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase

    2 November 2016

    Kat Arney explains how a protein that repairs broken DNA holds the key to killing cancer cells – but only if you stop it from doing its job

  • A lab laser with warning label
    Podcast

    Neodymium chloride

    26 October 2016

    From medicine to the military, this compound makes lasers for a range of applications

  • White tablets
    Podcast

    Gabapentin

    19 October 2016

    Louise Crane documents the rise and fall of Gabapentin – from ‘wonder drug’ to illicit substance in just 50 years

  • Blue Monkshood flowers, one of several Aconitum species
    Podcast

    Aconitine

    31 August 2016

    This powerful poison is said to have the power to transform werewolves and heal snake bites. Brian Clegg unpicks fiction from fact