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Keeping cell therapy under wraps


Materials to safely encapsulate transplanted cells for could enable a revolution in the treatment of diabetes and a wide range of other diseases. James Mitchell Crow reports

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The science of breast milk and baby formula


Nina Notman reveals how breast milk research is inspiring a new generation of infant formulas and opening the door to therapeutic advances

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How ammonia could decarbonise shipping


Andy Extance discovers why the compound best known as a fertiliser is a surprising candidate to power enormous container ships

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The RSC’s climate challenge


The Royal Society of Chemistry aims to use Cop26 as a springboard to a more sustainable future. Rachel Brazil reports 

How organocatalysis won the Nobel prize


Jamie Durrani tells the story of how two young upstarts, Ben List and David MacMillan, created a whole new field of catalysis

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What’s wrong with research culture?


A knotty mess of problems affects people doing academic research in the UK. Rachel Brazil tries to untie the tangle

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The name’s bond, chemical bond

By Kathryn Harkup

Kathryn Harkup explores the poisons – real and fictional – used in Bond films