Slinn Pickings: latest chemical news

  • Cells as test tubes – Chemists have used living cells as test tubes to carry out chemical reactions never before seen within living cells
  • Flu breakthrough promises a vaccine to kill all strains – Scientists at Oxford University have successfully tested a universal flu vaccine that could work against all known strains of the illness, taking a significant step in the fight against a disease that affects billions of people each year.
  • Air pollutants from fireplaces and wood-burning stoves raise health concerns – Danish scientists, in a study published in American Chemical Society’s journal, Chemical Research in Toxicology, found that the invisible particles inhaled into the lungs from breathing wood smoke from fireplaces have multiple adverse effects.
  • DNA engine observed in real-time traveling along base pair track – In a complex feat of nanoengineering, a team of scientists at Kyoto University and the University of Oxford have succeeded in creating a programable molecular transport system, the workings of which can be observed in real time. The results open the door to the development of advanced drug delivery methods and molecular manufacturing systems.
  • MOF magnets deliver drugs – German scientists have encapsulated nanomagnets inside metal organic frameworks (MOFs). The MOF magnets can be filled with a drug, which is released when a magnetic field is applied.

Robert Slinn refluxes the chemistry news and extracts a goodly yield for Reactive Reports in his regular column: Slinn Pickings.