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‘Liquid biopsy’ blood test accurately spots cancer by detecting DNA methylation


Power of AI harnessed to identify 50 different cancers before symptoms have even begun to emerge  

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Can existing drugs slow Covid-19?


The fastest route to treatments may be to repurpose existing drugs – if they work

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The Middle East’s synchrotron is open Sesame


How difficult is it to build a world-class research facility in the Middle East? Kit Chapman investigates


Another US researcher charged with lying about Chinese ties


Physicist faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding West Virginia University while secretly working for Chinese talent programme

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Getting ideas across


In a diverse industry like chemicals, we need to make sure we’re open to learning from unexpected angles.

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UK researchers receive £20m to start coronavirus treatment research


Two vaccine trials among six projects that win funding

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Cracking down on corrosion with Hexigone Inhibitors


Intelli-ion technology provides non-toxic, chromium-free protection from corrosion

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US military sites that may be contaminated by PFAS grow by 60%


The Pentagon has released new analysis that says there are 651 military sites with groundwater that may be polluted with fluorinated chemicals

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Catalytic resonance theory poised to tackle industry’s selectivity issues


Breaking the Sabatier limit central to unconventional approach for optimising reactions

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Hydrogen bonds are single atom nickel’s secret for carbon dioxide reduction


Computational calculations show that hydrogen atoms and charge capacity are behind nickel’s high activity and selectivity in electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction

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Mechanochemistry drops the ball in MOF synthesis


Acoustic mixing proven as a simple, quick and readily scalable process for making MOFs with varying levels of complexity

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Mystery of where early Earth’s life-fuelling phosphates came from may have been solved


Meteorites have been source of building blocks for primordial life

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DNA instructions pack proteins into unique crystal structures


Process could aid discovery of materials that exploit specific protein functions, such as drug molecules or biocatalysts

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Uncovering how the spliceosome makes the cut


Clare Sansom looks at the complex world of the spliceosome, a molecular machine in all our cells

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Sustainable lab buildings


After a decade of grassroots growth, the laboratory sustainability movement is bursting into the mainstream finds James Mitchell Crow

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3D printing the future


Kit Chapman takes a tour of a US Department of Energy lab, where 3D printing is performed on a massive scale

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Adjuvants: vaccines’ hidden helpers


Anthony King examines a crucial part of vaccines that can significantly boost their performance, but which often go unrecognised

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