Cell reprogramming

Small molecules that switch up cell development could transform medicine


Turning mature somatic cells back into flexible stem cells using small molecules could revolutionise medicine, especially for regeneration and cancer. Philip Ball reports

Z- and B-DNA

More than a mirror-image: left-handed nucleic acids


Now a biological reality, researchers are starting to figure out the many roles of left-handed nucleic acids such as Z-DNA – from immunity to controlling our genetics. Rachel Brazil reports 

Polymer scrabble

Editing polymer backbones


Changing the chemical makeup of a polymer backbone could revolutionise how we make, use and even recycle plastics. James Mitchell Crow reports

TB diagnosis

Testing times for tuberculosis


Nina Notman takes a look at the recent and upcoming diagnostic and screening innovations aiming to drive down the incidence of tuberculosis globally

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  • The chemistry of love

  • An alternative approach to baking

  • The quantum dot story

  • Using DNA evidence to picture suspects

  • The drug developers fighting the antibiotic resistance problem

  • The liquid metals giving catalysis a new phase

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    When a bond gets too extreme


    Chemical bonds are part of the way chemists rationalise the behaviour of atoms in the conditions of the world around them. Tim Wogan looks at how they are affected when those conditions change