Six Slinn Picks – chemical news

  • Rutgers Offers Hope in New Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries – Scientists at the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University and Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have developed a chemically synthesized siRNA molecule that allows regeneration of nerve cells.
  • Sweet chemistry: Carbohydrate adhesion gives stainless steel implants beneficial new functions – A new chemical bonding process can add new functions to stainless steel and make it a more useful material for implanted biomedical devices. Developed by an interdisciplinary team at the University of Alberta and Canada's National Institute for Nanotechnology, this new process was developed to address some of the problems associated with the introduction of stainless steel into the human body.
  • Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have evolved a unique chemical mechanism, new discovery reveals – For the first time, scientists have been able to paint a detailed chemical picture of how a particular strain of bacteria has evolved to become resistant to antibiotics. The research is a key step toward designing compounds to prevent infections by the recently evolved, drug-resistant "superbugs" that are infecting hospitalized patients and others.
  • Iowa State chemist designs new polymer structures for use as ‘plastic electronics’ – Malika Jeffries-EL, an Iowa State assistant professor of chemistry, is designing new organic polymer structures that conduct electricity and could be useful in solar cells, light-emitting diodes and thin-film transistors. She and her research group are doing fundamental studies of the relationship between the polymer structures and their electronic, physical and optical properties.
  • New method for aromatic coupling – The Friedel-Crafts reaction can now be used to couple two aromatic sites using clever silane chemistry.
  • Natural Product? Not! – Contrary to previous claims, a team has presented irrefutable evidence that Antrodia camphorata does not produce the acid chloride 2,3,4,5-tetramethoxybenzoyl chloride.

Chemist and writer Robert Slinn picks six of the best for his regular web column on Reactive Reports – Slinn Pickings.