Tag: Chemistry

Chemists shine a new light on safer pigments, by accident

Chemists shine a new light on safer pigments, by accident

A new non-toxic blue pigment in two centuries has just been discovered. Now the team of chemists set out to find a safer red pigment.

Nature’s perpetual role in the evolution of medicine

Nature’s perpetual role in the evolution of medicine

It was March 2019, I was at the end of my fourth year of graduate school, and finally taking a ‘real’ vacation. This meant I tried my best to unplug from the stresses of school by leaving my computer and scientific papers at home. I…

Superior Syntheses: Sustainable Routes to Life-Saving Drugs

Superior Syntheses: Sustainable Routes to Life-Saving Drugs

While HIV treatment has come a long way over the past few decades, there is still a discrepancy between total number of HIV patients and those with access to life-saving antiretroviral therapies (ART). The inability to access medications is often directly linked to the cost…

Nobel in Chemistry for an Evolutionary Revolution

Nobel in Chemistry for an Evolutionary Revolution

Evolution, the process of gradual changes to genetic information in each generation over millions of years, proposed by Charles Darwin in the 19th century is being revolutionized by modern science. Unexpectedly, the revolution is driven not by evolutionary biologists or ecologists, but rather centered around…

Golden Medicine: Use of Plasmons for Cancer Therapy

Cancer is an immensely complex disease to treat. The number of mutations and combinations of mutations that can lead to its development make each “cure” more of a patch to a few specific cases. Couple that with the increasing rate of mutation within cancer cells,…

To Dye or Not To Dye

To Dye or Not To Dye

Dyeing hair is a common, but not recent, beauty practice. Hair dyeing (coloring) has been around for thousands of years, using plant-based dyes such as indigo and turmeric before synthetic dyes were invented. I recently wondered “What kind of science goes into modern hair coloring? What is the…

Pharmacies of the Future: Chemical Lego Towers

Pharmacies of the Future: Chemical Lego Towers

Chemists and engineers are in the process of making on-demand production of pharmaceuticals less of an idea from a movie, and potentially a viable option for situations where medicines may not be easily accessible. Imagine taking a vacation to an isolated rainforest resort.  You explored…

Diet Soda: Providing Insight into a Rare Metabolic Disorder

Diet Soda: Providing Insight into a Rare Metabolic Disorder

Have you ever read the Nutrition Facts on a diet soda or sugar-free gum? If so, you might have noticed a bolded sentence that reads: PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE. In the U.S., this sentence is present on every commercially available medicine, food, or beverage that contains…

The Curious Life of Plants: Exploring the Science within the Garden Walls

The Curious Life of Plants: Exploring the Science within the Garden Walls

The science that plants rely on goes far beyond photosynthesis, the familiar process where plants use sunlight to help make food. In honor of spring’s pending arrival, it’s time to delve into three, unique cases where science influences the plants that color our lives. The…

Epigenetics: The Software of the DNA Hardware

Epigenetics: The Software of the DNA Hardware

The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an amazing endeavor to map the full human genome, and so intense an effort that it required an international collaborative research team. One of the ultimate goals of this project was to shed light on human diseases and find…