Chemistry news – Slinn Pickings

Guest contributor, chemist Robert Slinn of the University of Liverpool, filters the latest happenings from the world of chemistry.

  • Simple, ingenious way to create lab-on-a-chip devices could become a model for teaching and research – With little more than a conventional photocopier and transparency film, anyone can build a functional microfluidic chip.
  • Contagious cancers switch their batteries – Parasites come in many forms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, worms and more. But a very different sort of parasite is infecting dogs around the world. It’s a contagious cancer.
  • Nanoparticles to make textiles – Research by two Victoria University PhD graduates has advanced cutting edge technology that combines wool with gold and silver to create a new range of multi functional textiles.
  • Science ranks high in job desirability – A recent survey has been published in the US, based on data compiled about job desirability across 200 occupations in a variety of industries, has indicated that jobs in scientific and engineering fields rate high on the desirability scales.
  • Modified protein binders give shortcut to drugs – Researchers in Sweden have found a way to boost the specificity of drugs and other protein binders. The method, which involves attaching polypeptides to the binders, could help reduce the work required to develop protein binders into safer drugs.