Chemistry news

Scientists find key to vitamin A metabolism

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have uncovered the mechanism that enables the enzyme Lecithin: retinol acyltransferase (LRAT) to store vitamin A—a process that is indispensable ...

Dec 10, 2014
5 / 5 (2) 0

The gold standard

Precious elements such as platinum work well as catalysts in chemical reactions, but require large amounts of metal and can be expensive. However, computational modeling below the nanoscale level may allow ...

Dec 09, 2014
4.8 / 5 (6) 0

X-rays show how flu antibody binds to viruses

An important study conducted in part at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory may lead to new, more effective vaccines and medicines by revealing detailed information about how a ...

Dec 09, 2014
5 / 5 (3) 0

A poisonous cure

Take two poisonous mushrooms, and call me in the morning. While no doctor would ever write this prescription, toxic fungi may hold the secrets to tackling deadly diseases.

Dec 04, 2014
4.9 / 5 (12) 0

Researchers develop inexpensive hydrolysable polymer

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have figured out how to reverse the characteristics of a key bonding material—polyurea—providing an inexpensive alternative for a broad number ...

Dec 02, 2014
5 / 5 (4) 0