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Browse: Breast Cancer Starved by Meat and Dairy Nutrient
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Feature: A Catalyst for Life
A chemical found in hair bleach may have catalysed life, and can even explain why new life is no longer being created from non-living building blocks on modern Earth.
Browse: Gold Nanoparticles Reduce Side-Effects of Arthritis Drug Browse: Carrots and Parsley Assist Chemotherapy
New Zealand researchers have identified compounds in carrots and parsley that may lead to more effective delivery of chemotherapy treatments.
Browse: Sensor Protein Tells Cells to Burn Fat
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Cover Story: Tattoo Inks: Poison Pigments?
Allergy and infection are two causes for caution when contemplating a tattoo. But are tattoo pigments toxic, and do they increase the risk of cancer?
Photo: Ruth Arcus
Feature: Enzyme Evolution Reveals Earth’s Inhospitable Past
The reconstruction of a one-billion-year-old enzyme paints a picture of a hot and hostile past.
Cover of the March 2014 edition of Plant Cell. Artwork by Scot Nicholls, Domokun
Feature: A Protein Is Born
It used to be thought that new proteins only evolved as a result of gradual changes to existing genes, but recent studies are showing that completely new genes and proteins often evolve suddenly. Now Australian researchers have predicted the biochemical events that allowed an enzyme-blocking protein to evolve “from scratch” in sunflowers.
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Feature: The Chlorophyll Conundrum
A scientist’s 50-year research journey is finally about to reveal not only that high chlorophyll levels don’t improve wheat yields through more efficient photosynthesis, but that the opposite may be true.
Feature: Why There’s No Gain Without Pain
Most people know all too well the feeling of muscle soreness after unaccustomed exercise, but now the cell physiology of the recovery process has been explained.
Feature: Malaria Drugs Offer New Herbicide Targets
A relic chloroplast in the malaria parasite opens the prospect of developing a new generation of herbicides from anti-malaria drugs.
Browse: Retina Metabolism Resembles Cancer
Browse: Cadmium’s Toxic Trick Browse: Sweet Revenge against Superbugs
Browse: Biofuel Biochemistry Can Beat the Food vs Fuel Dilemma Up Close: Pore me another: Understanding how toxins target and overcome membranes
Chemistry researchers Prof Frances Separovic and Prof Terry Lybrand discuss the biology of membranes, how toxins interact with membranes, and how these processes can be modelled.
Online Feature: Nobel prizewinners took chemistry from pipettes to programming
The 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded for research that has revolutionised our understanding of how enzymes control the chemistry in our bodies.