A simple, inexpensive way to make carbon atoms bind together

The active ingredient in many drugs is what's known as a small molecule: bigger than water, much smaller than an antibody and mainly made of carbon. It's tough, however, to make these molecules if they require a quaternary ...

In pesticide-heavy Brazil, could crop dusting be killed off?

The use of crop dusting in Brazil—the world's biggest consumer of pesticides—has helped fuel the giant agricultural industry that props up Latin America's largest economy. But as public health concerns mount, the future ...

Glyphosate: where is it banned or restricted?

One of the world's most popular weedkillers, glyphosate, has divided the scientific and health community, prompting several countries either to ban or limit its use.

Using starch as a novel drug transporter

A special type of starch could soon be used as an excipient in medicine to improve the treatment of patients. A research team from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) has discovered that it makes a suitable drug ...

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