Chemistry news distilled – Slinn Pickings

Guest contributor, chemist Robert Slinn of the University of Liverpool, filters the latest happenings from the world of chemistry. Defense mechanism against bacteria and fungi deciphered – To defend microbial attacks, the human body naturally produces a group of antibiotics, called defensins. An interdisciplinary team of biochemists and medical scientists has now deciphered the mechanism […]

Slinn pickings – molecular musings

Chemist Robert Slinn contributes his favorite news snippets from the world of chemistry "Outrageous Trick" Results In Largest Synthetic Molecule Created by Man – "Outrageous Trick" Results In Largest Synthetic Molecule Created by Man Fish oil may help some heart failure patients – USATODAY.com – For heart failure patients whose condition is controlled with standard […]

Flibanserin is no female Viagra

Although it’s been described as one for the ladies, German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim’s failed antidepressant is not the pink pill that women with low libido have been waiting for, at least that is if you look at the statistics. Last week, The Guardian was just one of thousands of news outlets to hype the […]

Cranberries and Urinary Tract Infections

It’s not the acidity of cranberry juice that prevent urinary track infections and cystitis, it’s natural chemicals in the tarty juice that prevent pathogenic bacteria from adhering to the cells that line the urinary tract. That’s according to research in the Journal of Medicinal Food. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) cost $2b annually in the US […]

Periodic Blasphemy

Marketing expert Rick Liebling sketched a Periodic Table of Social Media Elements, which is garnering a lot of interest in the blogosphere. In it, Liebling gives each elemental square an abbreviation representing a particular well-known face on Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, Facebook etc. Social Media really is a lot like chemistry. There is a huge pool […]

Sexy Worms

Some people would pay anything for a quickfix pill for their sex lives or to slow the inevitable aging process. Now, US scientists have found a new class of small molecule in the molecular biologist’s favorite nematode worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, a blend of which apparently not only attract mates but also slow the development of […]