Biological chemistry

View all stories within this topic.

  • 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?

  • Chilli peppers
    The Mole

    Capsaicin

    1 November 2009

    Capsaicin is responsible for the hot taste of chilli peppers. It can also relieve pain, is used in pepper spray and as a performance-enhancing drug for horses, so it certainly qualifies as a magnificent molecule

  • A professional cyclist before a dark sky
    The Mole

    EPO

    1 September 2009

    John Johnston investigates this oft abused hormone

  • A woman sneezing
    The Mole

    Pandemic swine flu

    1 September 2009

    Should we be worried by the pandemic this autumn and winter?

  • Green fluorescent protein
    Feature

    Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy

    1 July 2009

    Scientists are using this non-invasive technique to cast light on the workings of living cells to learn more about the molecular mechanisms involved in cancer, allergies and immune responses

  • image - Exhibition chemistry - main 2
    Exhibition chemistry

    Soap from bacon - the dangers of alkaline solutions

    1 July 2009

    Demonstrations designed to capture the student's imagination

  • Electrical discharges from the nerve cells in the brain
    Feature

    Epilepsy - beyond bromide

    1 May 2009

    An historical journey into the treatment of epilepsy, starting with potassium bromide 150 years ago

  • mosquito
    The Mole

    Antimalarial drugs

    1 January 2009

    Approximately one million people die annually from malaria worldwide. Tragically, 90 per cent of these deaths are among the under-fives in sub-Saharan Africa, who have little if any access to adequate healthcare. Drugs are used to treat the disease but parasitic resistance to these drugs is growing, so what is ...

  • image - feature - walker - main 1
    Feature

    Investigations get real

    1 January 2009

    What real chemists do can be the basis of motivating investigations and learning in school chemistry

  • German chemist Paul Rabe
    Feature

    Jesuits' powder and quinine

    1 January 2009

    The powdered bark of the South American cinchona tree is the source of quinine - the mainstay treatment for malaria for centuries