Life features

  • Wall painting in Cuba

    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

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    Artificial blood

    16 February 2018

    Nina Notman reports on progress towards products that can, when necessary, replace donor red blood cells

  • Jupiter's tumultuous atmosphere

    Life on other planets

    19 January 2018

    A series of missions to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn has revealed their potential to harbour life. Nina Notman looks to the skies

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    Carolyn Bertozzi

    12 January 2018

    One-time heavy rocker Carolyn Bertozzi has made a name for herself with hit papers and sound science. Sarah Houlton charts her path to success

  • Plants' bacterial zoos

    The plant microbiome

    4 January 2018

    The key to healthy plants is healthy microbiomes. Anthony King meets the crop scientists hoping to boost yields by managing microorganisms

  • Cone snail

    From venoms to medicine

    12 December 2017

    Venoms are a treasure trove of peptides that may provide a bounty of novel painkillers

  • Bottled beer with chemically suitable names

    Beer: Music to your taste buds

    1 December 2017

    Andy Extance goes on tour in the UK and Belgium and compares the science behind the different processes used by craft and mass brewers

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    Every breath you take

    24 November 2017

    Nina Notman meets the chemists looking to clear the air around indoor air pollution