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Nurturing the next biotech generation


As incubator environments evolve, options for new companies looking for support are broadening

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Chemical analysis supports EU’s toxic tattoo ink ban

21 March 2019

Report finds 20% of tattoo inks contain ‘negative list’ chemicals, although little is known about long-term effects

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EU sets goal of tackling pharmaceutical pollution in the environment

15 March 2019

Commission identifies six areas to take action on

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New record set for the world’s smallest periodic table

14 March 2019

Table less than one fortieth the area of previous record holder is a gift for element maker Yuri Oganessian

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Leading geneticists call for worldwide moratorium on creation of gene-edited children

13 March 2019

Five-year pause would give nations breathing space following the birth of the first genetically-modified children in November

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Updated: Science would suffer under Trump’s 2020 budget

12 March 2019

White House budget proposal would deliver significant blow to US research, but Congress is expected to intervene

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Adding CBD to everything from soft drinks to cakes prompt warnings

12 March 2019

US authorities start to take action on cannabidiol additives

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UK universities need more female professors, says science minister

12 March 2019

Chris Skidmore calls on universities to take action on gender balance

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Co-crystals fish out cannabinoid from plant extract

21 March 2019

Purifying cannabidiol from natural cannabis extract made cheap and easy thanks to amino acid partner

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Leap forward for molecular computing as DNA executes six-bit algorithms

20 March 2019

Computer made from DNA strands can recognise palindromes, copy and sort data, and perform random walks

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Can sodium make organic cross-couplings sustainable?

20 March 2019

Microparticle dispersions make abundant but feisty sodium safer to use as replacements for organolithium in carbon–carbon bond formation

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Bismuth gets involved in small molecule activation

20 March 2019

Reaction adds to research blurring the lines between transition metal and main group compounds

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New twist on graphene gets materials scientists hot under the collar

19 March 2019

Stacking graphene at an offset ‘magic angle’ can introduce new properties like superconductivity

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New family of peptides from extremophile show antibiotic promise

19 March 2019

Scientists isolate salinipeptins from a bacterium living in America’s Dead Sea

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Machine learning predicts ammunition from gunshot residue

18 March 2019

Forensic tool will assist investigators by turning back time on firearm chemistry

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International survey reveals scale of Brexit concern

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Catalysts with a gentle touch


Enzymes and metal–organic frameworks share some common features and are being investigated for industrial use. Clare Sansom reports

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The battle to lose weight


Losing weight – and not putting it back on – is about much more than willpower. Nina Notman reports on the drugs trying to penetrate the complex metabolic web of hunger and satiety.

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