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Start-ups pursue precision antibiotics

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Snipr Biome recently raised $50 million for CRISPR-based antibiotics, the latest in a string of financings for new ways to kill bacteria

How modified Chantix and a bioengineered ion channel may help diseases like epilepsy and depression

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The new technique could help neuroscientists study the brain as well as offer targeted therapies for neurological disorders

Small molecule mimics flu-blocking antibodies

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Compound protects mice from lethal forms of influenza. Chemists could use a similar design approach to target other viruses

Thianthrene radical readies aromatics for further reactions

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C–H activation strategy selectively adds complexity to aromatic compounds

Engineered cells detect tiny tumors in mice, paving the way for immunodiagnostics

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Stanford researchers and a new biotech start-up called Earli are designing immune cells that release synthetic biomarkers for early cancer detection

Un método verde obtiene ácido metanosulfónico a partir de metano

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Este proceso de baja temperatura y libre de metales, produce el ácido fuerte biodegradable al hacer reaccionar el metano con trióxido de azufre

Método verde produz ácido metanosulfônico a partir do metano

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O processo de baixa temperatura, livre de metal produz o ácido forte biodegradável ao reagir metano com trióxido de enxofre

Green method makes methanesulfonic acid from methane

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The metal-free, low-temperature process produces the biodegradable strong acid by reacting methane with sulfur trioxide

Small molecules hold sway at DCAT Week

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Annual event showcases chemistry's strength despite the growth of biologics

A mystery molecule may help diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy

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The hydrophobic molecule, found in tau filaments, may lead to a living diagnostic

Watch out, CRISPR. The RNA editing race is on

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Start-ups and academic labs are designing molecules that hijack our own enzymes to precisely edit RNA

Mosquitoes detect human sweat by sniffing for volatile acids

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Researchers identify the receptor that helps mosquitoes home in on humans

Ferumoxytol, an iron-based nanoparticle drug marketed as Feraheme, kills leukemia cells in mice

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The already-approved drug could increase treatment options for this challenging cancer

Study suggests that sea spray plays an important role in spreading perfluoroalkyl acid pollutants into the air

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Instead of staying in the ocean, significant amounts of chemicals like PFOS and PFOA may be transferred to the atmosphere and, eventually, back to land

Periodic Graphics: Essential elements for humans

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Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning shines a light on the parts of the periodic table that make life possible

Panning for proteins identifies a malaria drug's cancer target

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Screening a library of human proteins reveals one way artemisinin kills tumor cells

Near-infrared dyes specifically light up nerve tissue

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Probes could pave the way for fluorescence-image-guided surgery that spares nerves

Esforço para reproduzir ensaios brasileiros de pesquisa terão início

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Ensaios direcionados incluem amplificação de mRNA e avaliação da viabilidade celular

Dyne Therapeutics launches with $50 million for oligonucleotide muscle delivery

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The startup, founded by Atlas Venture, is developing antibody-oligonucleotide conjugates for genetic muscle diseases

Effort to reproduce Brazilian research experiments set to begin

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Targeted assays include amplifying mRNA and assessing cell viability

Small molecule selectively cleaves RNA that causes myotonic dystrophy type 1

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Compound recognizes structure of RNA formed by disease mutation

Near-infrared dyes specifically light up nerve tissue

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Probes could pave the way for fluorescence-image-guided surgery that spares nerves

The hunt is on for GenX chemicals in people

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Analysis of North Carolina residents' blood for Chemours PFAS yields surprises

How your gut might modify your mind

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The microbes that live in your body might be influencing your behavior. Researchers want to know what they're saying to your brain and how

Ketamine helps neurons regrow lost connections

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Researchers glimpse how the antidepressant changes neuron structure and function in “depressed” mice

Video: How do cephalopods achieve their crazy-colorful chemistry?

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Understanding the proteins and pigments of squid, cuttlefish, and octopuses could help humans up their camouflage game

Iridescent fish inspires a new color-changing device

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The prototype device mimics the neon tetra's venetian-blind mechanism of changing colors

Chemist diversity by the numbers

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A new US National Science Foundation report on diversity in the sciences gives insight into where chemistry stands