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NMR Spectroscopy – News and Features

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Key Event Controls the Timing of Our Biological Clock

Molecular clocks in our cells synchronize our bodies with the cycle of night and day, cue us for sleep and waking, and drive daily cycles in virtually every aspect of our physiology. Scientists studying the molecular mechanisms of our biological clocks have now identified a key event that controls the timing of the clock.
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Microplastics: The Snowflakes of the Plastic World

Science writer Kerry Taylor-Smith takes a deep dive into the persistent problem of microplastics.
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The First Multicellular Organism Likely Evolved Through Chemical Signaling

The earliest animal likely used chemical signaling to evolve from a single cell to a multicellular organism.
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Fragment-Based Drug Discovery Enters the Mainstream

This article will discuss the principles of fragment-based drug discovery and will highlight some examples of recent successes in this area.
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Key Techniques in Structural Biology, Their Strengths and Limitations

Structural biology uses a variety of techniques to determine the 3D structures of biomolecules such as proteins, nucleic acids and their complexes. In this article, we consider the key techniques, their role in structural biology, strengths and limitations.
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Rapid Method Detects Food Adulteration

Researchers have developed a novel method that utilizes nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to detect whether food products have been modified or adulterated with fillers like vegetable oil.
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Industry Insight

Lipid Impurities in mRNA: Implications and Solutions

Dr. Adam Crowe sheds light on why a newly discovered reactive impurity is detrimental to mRNA function and how it can be detected more accurately.
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Understanding Structural Biology, Its Applications and Creating a Molecular Model

In this article, we consider what structural biology tells us and the techniques used to investigate it, the role of computation and how techniques can be used together to answer questions in a range of application areas.
The molecular structure of the FGFR kinase showing the location of the "gatekeeper" residue.

“Gatekeeper” Mutations May Help Resistant Cancers Come Back Stronger

A new study could explain why cancers stop responding to kinase inhibitor drugs and why they come back stronger.
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Plant's Secret Recipe Could Pave the Way to Bee-Friendly Crop Protection

Innovative research has uncovered the secret of how plants make limonoids, a family of valuable organic chemicals that includes bee-friendly insecticides.