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Can we clean Covid from the air around us?

2022-09-26T08:28:00+01:00By

Nina Notman talks to the experts about what is needed to remove pollutants and even infectious diseases from the air inside our homes, schools and offices

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  • The plant trade’s scientific secrets

  • A lightning burst of chemistry

  • Using genetics to personalise prescriptions

  • The bioorthogonal revolution

  • The human health observatory in our sewers

  • Methane – the other greenhouse gas

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We’ve known for a long time that different people respond to certain drugs to very different extents, but now cheap DNA testing could make these disparities a thing of the past, as Ian Le Guillou reports