The TNA world that came before the RNA one

The TNA world that came before the RNA one – The question of how non-living chemicals emerged from the so-called primordial soup to give rise to life on Earth is one of the most intriguing in science. Finding an answer might not only help explain our origins but could give us important clues as to […]

Notre Dame researchers demonstrate new DNA detection technique

Notre Dame researchers demonstrate new DNA detection technique – A team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame have demonstrated a novel DNA detection method that could prove suitable for many real-world applications. Physicists Carol Tanner and Steven Ruggiero led the team in the application of a new technique called laser transmission spectroscopy (LTS). […]

Notre Dame researchers demonstrate new DNA detection technique

Notre Dame researchers demonstrate new DNA detection technique – A team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame have demonstrated a novel DNA detection method that could prove suitable for many real-world applications. Physicists Carol Tanner and Steven Ruggiero led the team in the application of a new technique called laser transmission spectroscopy (LTS). […]

Potato genome sequenced by international team

Potato genome sequenced by international team – An international team has uncovered the full DNA sequence of the potato for the first time, the journal Nature reports. Chemist and writer Robert Slinn gives us his Slinn Pickings from the world of chemistry.

This week’s chemistry news – Slinn Pickings

Skin cream slows down snake venom – DEADLY snake-bite venom could be slowed on its way into the blood by a cream applied to the bite site, giving victims time to seek help. Liquid cement turns liquid metal – Concrete is heavy, tough and – you might think – a reliable insulator. But researchers in […]

Slinn Pickings – chemistry news

DNA can discern between two quantum states, research shows – Research, which appeared recently in Science, shows that a biological molecule — DNA — can discern between quantum states known as spin. Caltech researchers build largest biochemical circuit out of small synthetic DNA molecules – Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have built […]