Latest chemistry news

  • Novel nanosensor platform for direct detection of a cancer biomarker in blood – In a recent development, scientists in Spain have developed a rapid nanochannel-based immunoassay capable of the filtering and subsequent detection of proteins in whole blood without any sample preparation. This is the first time that a simple assay to detect proteins in whole blood using nanochannels has been achieved.
  • Multifunctional nanobioprobes detect and isolate multiple types of cancer cells – Multifunctional nanomaterials have become widely researched in nanomedicine with the goal of developing highly accurate probes for detecting and isolating cancer cells. Of particular interest here are magnetic nanoparticles, which offer the capability of cell isolation from original or enriched samples without the use of centrifugation or filtration.
  • University of Nevada, Reno, teams with IMMY to make new life-saving blood test – A new, rapid blood test that could lead to early diagnosis and potentially save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people stricken with fungal meningitis, a leading cause of AIDS-related deaths in developing countries, is getting closer to market with a recent collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno, and Immuno-Mycologics (IMMY) in Oklahoma.
  • BNCT, a new-generation radiation treatment, is effective in advanced head and neck cancer – The years of work done on developing and clinically testing of Boron Neutron Capture Therapy in Helsinki, Finland, are now paying off. BNCT?based treatment has been successfully used to treat patients with advanced head and neck cancer who have not responded to previous treatments and generally have poor prognosis.
  • Biomimetic new optical sensor for the detection of antibiotics – Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), in collaboration with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), have developed an optical sensor based on biomimetic plastic that detects antibiotics without markers or biological receptors.
  • Laser treatment for late-stage cancer – Scientists from China, the US and Peru claim to have successfully treated late-stage breast cancer patients using laser therapy to stimulate patients' own immune systems to fight the cancer.
  • Real-world treatment for dye-contaminated effluents – US scientists have found that a dye oxidation process using low levels of an iron catalyst could be used to degrade highly contaminated wastewater under ambient conditions.
  • Harvesting energy from soft drinks – Scientists in China have made a biofuel cell that harvests energy from soft drinks such as iced tea and juices.
  • Tracking the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease – UK researchers can track the early steps of formation of peptide clumps linked to Alzheimer's disease using the peptide's fluorescent ability. This could help design effective therapies for the disease at an early stage.
  • JQI physicists demonstrate coveted ‘spin-orbit coupling’ in atomic gases – Physicists at the Joint Quantum Institute, a collaboration of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland-College Park, have for the first time caused a gas of atoms to exhibit an important quantum phenomenon known as spin-orbit coupling. Their technique opens new possibilities for studying and better understanding fundamental physics and has potential applications to quantum computing, next-generation "spintronics" devices and even "atomtronic" devices built from ultracold atoms.

Robert Slinn scours the web for the latest chemistry news for Reactive Reports.