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In Cell Culture, Like Real Estate, the Neighborhood Matters

Ever since scientists first began growing human cells in lab dishes in 1952, they have focused on improving the chemical soup that feeds the cells and helps regulate their growth. But surfaces also matter, says Laura Kiessling, a professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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movies, , TV, Entertainment, Science, Forensic Science, Science Fiction, crime drama

Hollywood Screenwriters and Scientists: More than an Artistic Collaboration

In this International Year of Chemistry (IYC), writers and producers for the most popular crime and science-related television shows and movies are putting out an all-points bulletin for scientists to advise them on the accuracy of their plots involving lab tests, crime scenes, etc., and to even give them story ideas.

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ACS, Engineering, Science, Research, American Chemical Society

Remedies for Science’s Shortage of Superheroes

One of the most serious personnel shortages in the global science and engineering workforce — numbering more than 20 million in the United States alone — involves a scarcity of real-life versions of Superman, Superwoman and other superheroes and superheroines with charm, charisma, people skills and communication skills.

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Attack on Fragranced Laundry Products: “Non-Scents”

Groups representing laundry product and fragrance manufacturers sharply rebutted seriously flawed statements regarding fragrances in laundry products based on a study that fails to meet the basic principles of scientific investigation.

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Fragrance, Perfume, Environmental Health, Air Quality, Air Pollution, Consumer Product, Laundry Products

Scented Laundry Products Emit Hazardous Chemicals Through Dryer Vents

The researcher who used chemical sleuthing to uncover what’s in scented products now has turned her attention to the air wafting from household laundry vents. Air from laundry machines using the top-selling scented liquid detergent and dryer sheet contains hazardous chemicals, including two that are classified as carcinogens.

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Reach, Enviromental Sciences, Chemical

Scientists Develop New Approaches to Predict the Environmental Safety of Chemicals

Baylor University environmental researchers have proposed in a new study a different approach to predict the environmental safety of chemicals by using data from other similar chemicals.

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Pharmaceutical Sciences

Sweet Insight: Discovery Could Speed Drug Development

In a new study, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have described a simple process to separate sugars from a carrier molecule, then attach them to a drug or other chemical.

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Researcher Finds Link Between Soil Nitrite and Atmospheric Detergent Effect

Yafang Cheng, a University of Iowa post-doctoral researcher, and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany, have found that soil nitrite can be released into the air in the form of nitrous acid (HONO) and indirectly enhance the self-cleansing capacity of the atmosphere.

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Computational Biology, Gene Expression Omnibus, Pharmacology, Genomics, GWAS, Cancer, Gastroenterology, Bioinformatics, drug repositioning

Computational Method Predicts New Uses for Existing Medicines

For the first time ever, scientists are using computers and genomic information to predict new uses for existing medicines. A National Institutes of Health-funded computational study analyzed genomic and drug data to predict new uses for medicines that are already on the market.

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gout, pegloticase, Uric Acid, tophi

New Drug Aids Gout Patients Not Helped by Standard Treatments

Pegloticase can produce significant and sustained clinical improvements in many patients with chronic gout that is resistant to conventional therapies. In two clinical trials, pegloticase rapidly lowered high levels of uric acid, the biochemical abnormality in gout. Forty percent of patients had complete resolution of at least one of the painful swollen joint nodules that are a hallmark of severe gout.







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