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    Forensics in crisis

    15 June 2018

    High-profile cases of scientific misconduct at forensics labs are upending the legal system and casting doubt on the wider field, Rebecca Trager finds

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    The chemistry of synapses

    8 June 2018

    Scientists are decoding the brain’s exquisite molecular machinery – but there is still a long way to go, finds Andy Extance

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    Understanding Alzheimer’s

    11 May 2018

    After hundreds of failed drug candidates, James Mitchell Crow asks if this is the last roll of the dice for the amyloid theory of Alzheimer’s disease

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    The molecular basis of circadian rhythms

    4 May 2018

    Every cell of every organism has its own little clock, but what makes it tick? Fiona Case finds out

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    3D printing in pharma

    27 April 2018

    Nina Notman explores how 3D printing is carving out a niche for itself in the pharmaceutical industry

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    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

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    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

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    Cuba: socialism, cigars and biotech

    16 March 2018

    Nina Notman learns how biotechnology could potentially overtake cigars as Cuba’s most famous export

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    The chemistry of the microbiome

    9 March 2018

    Our gut bacteria are carrying out chemistry on our behalf, but without us knowing much about it. Now, scientists are starting to examine their enzymes

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    The antibiotic countdown

    2 March 2018

    Where are the next generation of antibiotics going to come from? Clare Sansom looks at the pipeline