Six Slinn Picks – chemical news

  • Berkeley Lab Researchers Create Next-Generation Chemical Mapping on the Nanoscale – Berkeley Lab scientists at the Molecular Foundry have pioneered a new chemical mapping method that provides unprecedented insight into materials at the nanoscale. These new maps will guide researchers in deciphering molecular chemistry and interactions that are critical for artificial photosynthesis, biofuels production and light-harvesting applications such as solar cells.
  • Precursor boost for uranium chemistry – The study of uranium chemistry should become significantly easier thanks to researchers in the US who have discovered a simple way to make key precursors to a wide range of low valency uranium compounds.
  • Rodents and zebrafish against cancer – Genetically engineered mice and zebrafish have enabled new research towards treatments for pancreatic and skin cancers, respectively.
  • Asthma drug could help control or treat Alzheimer’s disease – A drug used to treat asthma has been shown to help reduce the formation of amyloid beta, a peptide in the brain that is implicated in the development of Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at Temple University's School of Medicine. The researchers published their findings, "Pharmacologic Blockade of 5-Lipoxygenase Improves the Amyloidotic Phenotype of an AD Transgenic Mouse Model," in the American Journal of Pathology.
  • New synthesis for chiral anticancer compound – The promising anticancer compound nutlin-3 is likely to become more widely available to researchers thanks to a new synthetic protocol developed by US chemists.
  • Antibacterial clays kill with iron – US researchers have made a step towards understanding why some natural clays are antibacterial, boosting the chances that they could one day be used as alternatives to antibiotic drugs. According to the researchers, the clays supply iron that kills bacteria by generating radicals that attack cell components.

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