Biological chemistry

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    Feature

    The ascent of molecules

    7 January 2014

    Life's molecular origins might not be preserved in the fossil record but, as Laura Howes finds out, chemists are working to fill in the gaps

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    Opinion

    Chemistry gives most of the answers

    7 November 2013

    While researching a new book, Bill Bryson takes a trip through cyberspace to try to answer a childhood question – and discovers that chemistry is really quite exciting

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    Feature

    Deadly mushroom chemistry

    2 September 2013

    Can you tell the difference between a tasty paddy straw mushroom and a toxic death cap? Emma Shiells talks to the experts about the potentially deadly chemistry hidden in those gills

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    The Mole

    Trade secrets... Bio or non-bio washing powder?

    1 May 2013

    Secrets of the trade: Jonathan Hare looks at the science of getting your clothes clean

  • female smelling flowers
    The Mole

    Sniffing out an explanation

    1 November 2012

    It’s strange to think that no one knows exactly how smell works. Josh Howgego explains the chemistry behind the puzzle

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    Feature

    Rise of molecular machines

    1 September 2012

    Chemists are putting molecules to work in ways only limited by our imagination

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    Soundbite

    Toxic amino acids

    1 July 2012

    Simon Cotton takes a look at those compounds that find themselves in the news or relate to our everyday lives.

  • Sweets
    The Mole

    Glucose

    1 May 2012

    Prepare to be energised as Phillip Broadwith describes one of life’s energy sources and explains its connection with diabetes

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    What's in your strawberries?

    1 May 2012

    Why are strawberries so irresistible? Do the strawberries you pick in the wild really taste nicer than shop-bought ones?

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    Soundbite

    Vancomycin

    1 March 2012

    Simon Cotton takes a look at those compounds that find themselves in the news or relate to our everyday lives.