Slinn Pickings – latest chemistry updates

Visiting Researcher at University of Liverpool Robert Slinn grabs the latest happenings from the world of chemistry.

  • Nanoparticle divides to conquer – Scientists have made a nanoparticle that breaks up into smaller units once it reaches its target, allowing it to penetrate deeper into tumour tissue and deliver treatment more effectively.
  • Cancer: The new normal? – As our population ages, the question is not if we will encounter this illness in our lives, but when. Is it time we stopped fighting and learned to live with it?
  • Umeå researchers describe future target mechanism for antibiotics – So-called type-3 secretion systems of pathogenic bacteria may be a suitable point of attack for future antibiotics. This is shown by Professor Maria Fällman and her associates at Umeå University in Sweden in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS, in the US.
  • BSE pathogens passed on by air – Prions – the infectious misfolded protein molecules that cause mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, BSE) and other fatal neurodegenerative diseases including vCJD (variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) in humans – can be transmitted via aerosols, a new study finds.
  • Bioactive compounds in berries can reduce high blood pressure – Eating blueberries can guard against high blood pressure, according to new research by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Harvard University.
  • MicroRNA suppresses prostate cancer stem cells and metastasis – A small slice of RNA inhibits prostate cancer metastasis by suppressing a surface protein commonly found on prostate cancer stem cells. A research team led by scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reported today in an advance online publication at Nature Medicine.