Biological chemistry

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  • Man's head replaced by cloud
    The Mole

    Can chemistry help you to forget?

    1 November 2011

    On screen chemistry with Jonathan Hare

  • The sun setting over the earth

    Molybdenum and evolution

    1 September 2011

    Recent discoveries indicate that our atmosphere was not always oxygen rich - molybdenum could have been the limiting factor in the evolution of life on earth

  • The genius of Van Gogh: Starry Night

    Vincent van Gogh, chemistry and absinthe

    1 May 2011

    The consumption of absinthe was once banned due to its reputation as a mysterious psychoactive drink. What does it contain? Was it responsible for the death of Van Gogh?

  • Ginger


    1 March 2011

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

  • Figure 1

    Iron ocean seeding

    1 September 2010

    Carbon sequestration - the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - is an active area of research

  • Wooden legs of a pier
    The Mole

    Boring Gribbles

    1 May 2010

    Scientists may have found a way to stop gribbles boring into seaside piers

  • Tomorrow's vaccines - designed and made in the lab

    Synthetic vaccines

    1 May 2010

    The design of synthetic vaccines offers a more systematic approach to vaccine therapy for many illnesses, including cancer, and even drug addiction

  • Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) mushrooms - the basic ingredient of ancient ritual drinks

    The drink of the Gods

    1 March 2010

    The psychedelic effects of fly agaric mushrooms

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    Five rings good, four rings bad

    1 March 2010

    Fifty years ago steroid abuse among sportsmen and women was a serious problem. Today, thanks to the skills of analytical chemists, the sporting cheats rarely win

  • A woman with her arms out in the sun
    The Mole

    The sunshine vitamin

    1 November 2009

    Vitamin D is often called the sunshine vitamin, but what is vitamin D, why is it so important, and what evidence is there to link it to such a range of illnesses?