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    The chemist with x-ray vision

    24 February 2017

    Mike Sutton tells the tale of John Kendrew and his work towards the unveiling of protein structures

  • Deal or no deal - Hero

    Deal or no deal?

    17 February 2017

    Clare Sansom highlights recent changes in the landscape of pharma company collaborations and acquisitions

  • Dark Protein - DNA autoradiogram

    Shedding light on the dark proteome

    13 February 2017

    Around half of all human proteins are a mystery. What do they look like, asks Phil Ball

  • Chemical fossils - sea ice

    Chemical fossils

    2 February 2017

    Andy Extance finds out what organic molecules made by microorganisms and plants far in the past can tell us about climate

  • Refreshing leaded Flint water

    US water crisis

    20 January 2017

    The problems that the US city of Flint had with its water were just the first drip in a wider problem, finds Sarah Houlton

  • London air pollution

    Urban air pollution

    12 January 2017

    Nina Notman meets the chemists breathing fresh air into urban air pollution research

  • Opium poppy seed head - Hero

    New opioid drugs

    3 January 2017

    Creating powerful new painkillers is a constant battle against side-effects – particularly addictions. James Mitchell Crow reports

  • Brussel sprouts

    Explainer: The chemistry of farts

    21 December 2016

    We usually see flatulence as funny or embarrassing – but its chemistry is intimately entwined with our health

  • Middle cerebral artery in brain - Hero

    Intracellular delivery

    13 December 2016

    Peptides, proteins and lipids that can enter cells and take useful payloads with them are moving towards maturity, finds Andy Extance

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    The chemistry in your cuppa

    5 December 2016

    Katrina Megget finds there’s more to tea than just a great brew – it’s also chemically complex