Analytical Chemistry
COVID-19 shuts down research labs as concern grows among scientists
Almost half of all scientific research labs that participated in a recent survey were shut down due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak. Survey results indicate that scientists are quite concerned and that their work is considerably impacted by the pandemic, according to a new COVID-19 scientist sentiment tracker.  Discuss
Scientists alter cell function with genetic engineering, polymer science
A new method called genetically targeted chemical assembly (GTCA) has demonstrated the ability to build artificial structures within the body to carry out unique functions. The research, presented in the latest edition of Science, provides compelling evidence for GTCA's ability to modify cell function with bioengineering tools.  Discuss
Could more sugar-based drugs be on the way?
Researchers from Denmark have developed a new technique to characterize complex sugar molecules in exquisite detail never before achieved, according to a report published on March 20 in Nature Communications. They hope to leverage the new structural information for the development of therapies.  Discuss
New lung cancer biomarker could significantly improve patient outcomes
A new protein has been identified on tumor-derived extracellular vesicles that indicates if a lung tumor is likely to metastasize, according to research published in Science Advances on March 11. A minimally invasive biomarker test to catch cancer early could significantly improve patient outcomes.  Discuss
Low Pittcon attendance doesn't deter from quality program
Attendance was down at last week's Pittcon conference in Chicago, but organizers of the meeting for laboratory scientists may actually have been lucky that their show took place at all, given the wipeout of science and health meetings in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.  Discuss
Chemists develop method to identify protein neighbors
A new technology called µMap uses photocatalysts, molecules that spur a chemical reaction when activated by light, to identify spatial relationships of cell surface proteins. The results are described by scientists from Princeton University and Merck in the March 6 edition of Science.  Discuss
Microscale flow chemistry uses 'switchable solvents' to improve extraction
New green technology enables accelerated screening and retrieval of "switchable" solvents for chemical and pharmaceutical applications. Utilizing microfluidic strategies, researchers developed an in situ approach to study gas-liquid processes in a time- and material-efficient manner. The work was published online in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering on February 6.  Discuss
Scientists in the Lab: Featuring Rajan Chaudhari
We are thrilled to introduce our next laboratory scientist this month, who works at the intersection of chemistry, drug development, and data science. Rajan Chaudhari, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  Discuss
Researchers tackle fake medicine with uncrackable puzzles
Protecting patients from consuming counterfeit medicines is an urgent need. A new uncrackable authentication system is being developed with the use of degradable fluorescent proteins. Researchers from Purdue University are developing edible "security tags" that can be embedded on medicines. The work was published in Nature Communications on January 16.  Discuss
Bacterial evolution reveals method to fight antibacterial resistance
Different types of bacteria have evolved to develop unique mechanisms for achieving the same antibacterial function -- a finding that could lead to new ways to combat antibacterial resistance, according to scientists from Trinity College Dublin. They tested their findings using methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a study that was published in Nature Communications on January 9.  Discuss
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