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New Microscope Collects Dynamic Images of the Molecules That Animate Life

A new imaging platform developed by Eric Betzig and colleagues at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus offers another leap forward for light microscopy. The new technology collects high-resolution images rapidly and minimizes damage to cells, meaning it can image the three-dimensional activity of molecules, cells, and embryos in fine detail over longer periods than was previously possible. Betzig was one of three scientists who shared the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry earlier this month.

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Scripps Research Institute Chemists Achieve New Technique with Profound Implications for Drug Development

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A team from The Scripps Research Institute has established a new C-H activation technique that opens the door to creating a broader range of pure molecules of one-handedness or “chirality” by eliminating previous starting-material limitations.

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New TSRI Studies Bring Scientists Closer to Combating Dangerous Unstable Proteins

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered a way to decrease deadly protein deposits in the heart, kidney and other organs associated with a group of human diseases called the systemic amyloid diseases.

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Cornell Chemists Show ALS Is a Protein Aggregation Disease

Using a technique that illuminates subtle changes in individual proteins, chemistry researchers at Cornell University have uncovered new insight into the underlying causes of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

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Turning Waste From Whisky-Making Into Fuel — Close to Commercial Reality?

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel. Celtic Renewables, formed in 2011, has refined its process based on a century-old fermentation technique and is now taking the next step toward a commercial plant, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.

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Olive Oil More Stable and Healthful Than Seed Oils for Frying Food

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Frying is one of the world's most popular ways to prepare food — think fried chicken and french fries. Even candy bars and whole turkeys have joined the list. But before dunking your favorite food in a vat of just any old oil, consider using olive. Scientists report in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that olive oil withstands the heat of the fryer or pan better than several seed oils to yield more healthful food.

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YEDA R&D and XL-Protein Sign Agreement to Bring Interferon Superagonist to Market

YEDA Research & Development Company Ltd., the technology transfer arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science, and XL-protein GmbH, a privately owned biopharmaceutical firm, are commercializing a jointly developed interferon superagonist. The compound could treat inflammatory diseases such as MS.

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U.S. Army Lab Plays Key Role in Helping to Fight the Spread of Ebola

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Researchers at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Mass., invented a novel and potent disinfectant system that kills the Ebola virus on surfaces. The center transferred the process to a private company, which is manufacturing the portable “no power required” chemical compound and supplying it worldwide, including the front lines of West Africa.

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Protein Found in Insect Blood That Helps Power Pests' Immune Responses

By studying a protein called beta-1,3-glucan recognition protein in the blood of a caterpillar, researchers have found a genetic mechanism that may help trigger an insect's immune system into killing pathogens in the insect's blood.

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Chemical Derived from Broccoli Sprouts Shows Promise in Treating Autism

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Results of a small clinical trial suggest that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts — and best known for claims that it can help prevent certain cancers — may ease classic behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders.

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