Chemistry in its Element

  • Packet of Tamiflu pills
    Podcast

    Oseltamivir

    24 February 2016

    Oseltamivir, or Tamiflu, stockpiling during the 2009 H1N1 epidemic highlighted significant problems with drugs trials policy

  • Lady holding a flibanserin pill
    Podcast

    Flibanserin

    17 February 2016

    Flibanserin was touted to be the female Viagra. Martha Henriques explains why it failed to live up to the hype.

  • Men in gas masks
    Podcast

    Acrolein

    9 February 2016

    Michael Freemantle relates the history arolein, a poor tear gas with unexpected benefits

  • pine cone and cedrol
    Podcast

    Cedrol

    3 February 2016

    Raychelle Burks explains how the scent of cedar wood can be used to destroy pests

  • Man in protective clothing looking at fluorescing DNA slide
    Podcast

    Ethidium bromide

    27 January 2016

    Kat Arney shines a light on the fluorescent DNA marker

  • Man welding
    Podcast

    Calcium carbide

    19 January 2016

    Michael Freemantle tells us of discovery that lit the homes and put the food on the table of millions of people

  • A rhinoceros
    Podcast

    Ectoparasiticides

    13 January 2016

    Martha Henriques explains how compounds developed to keep parasites at bay may be protecting rhinos from poachers

  • Yellowstone national park
    Podcast

    Taq Polymerase

    16 December 2015

    Kat Arney reveals how high temperature bacteria provide us with the molecule that speeds up DNA sequencing

  • A molecule of ubiquitin
    Podcast

    Ubiquitin

    9 December 2015

    Kiki Sanford examines the molecule that holds the balance between life and death

  • A nurse tends to a World War I victim
    Podcast

    Diethyl ether

    2 December 2015

    Michael Freemantle awakens us to the history of diethyl ether