1000 disease protein structures

An interdisciplinary study hinging on X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance studies has examined 1000 proteins from more than 40 different human pathogens, including those responsible for plague, anthrax, salmonella, cholera, tuberculosis, leprosy, amoebic dysentery and influenza. Researchers at the Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases (CSGID) and the Seattle Structural Genomics Center for […]

Helical light

Researchers have known for some time of monochromatic light beams, such as Laguerre-Gauss beams, which carry orbital angular momentum also have a helical phase profile. According to Ole Steuernagel of the University of Hertfordshires Science and Technology Research Institute, UK, have helical wave fronts and can be made visible using interferometry. Such dark helices can […]

Six Slinn Picks – chemical news

Team solves decades-old molecular mystery linked to blood clotting – Researchers report that they are the first to describe in atomic detail a chemical interaction that is vital to blood clotting. Hard x-rays to watch chemical reactions – Chemists can now peer deeper into a material to follow chemical reactions thanks to a new x-ray […]

Making fluorine reactions stick

Fluorine in organic chemistry is an important topic across the synthetic pharmaceutical, agrochemical and materials areas because switching out hydrogen atoms selectivity for this element allows chemists to tune the reactivity of specific groups within a given molecule. Now, chemists in Switzerland have turned to fluorine to help them make specific carbon-carbon bonds. The formation […]

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 […]