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(+)-Vancomycin aglycon


Optimising for efficiency deserves credit too

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Conversations about race


Time to get comfortable talking about race and diversity

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The Nobel prize that got binned


Ferrocene is a classic example of a discovery that was dismissed as a failed experiment

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The ethical debate around Crispr


The gene editing technique deserves its Nobel Prize, but we should continue to interrogate how it is used

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Communicating chemistry through music


Partnering musicians with researchers produced some emotional results

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Fully automated synthesis of fluorine-18 PET tracers


Making radioisotopes suitable for positron emission tomography

Last retort

Organic matter

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Searching for superconductors with supercomputers

What if most materials are superconductors under the right conditions, wonders José Flores-Livas

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Chemists amid coronavirus: Anya Gryn’ova

The computational chemist has returned to her Heidelberg research institute after months of lockdown, and is thankful to be living in Germany

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Translating snail venom research from beach to bench and beyond

Meet Mandë Holford, an interdisciplinary scientist following tangents that arise when exploring the molecular-level workings of venom peptides

From the editors

  • Conversations about race

  • The quest to control chemical reactions using interfacial electric fields

  • Neonicotinoids in Africa

  • Questioning European policy on alkyl mesylate impurities

  • Collaboration is key to AI-aided drug discovery

  • Addressing the plastics problem