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Applied chemistry

Nigel P Freestone, 23/01/2020

Silk materials that can wrinkle into highly detailed patterns, including words, textures and images as intricate as a QR code or a fingerprint, are now available (Y. Wang, B. J. Kim, B. Peng, W. Li, Y. Wang, M. Li, F. G. Omenetto; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1911563116).

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Kevin Burgess, 23/01/2020

A cyanine dye that binds a subset of CSCS - The last paper highlighted in the Biomedical section in December 2019 (C&I, 2019, 11, 43) described a peptoid derivative that binds a sub-set of cancer stem cells (CSCs), apparently via the plectin protein (Science Reports, 2019, 9, 14954).

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Organic chemistry

G. Richard Stephenson, 23/01/2020

Harnessing the power and selectivity of enzymes in organic chemistry has been for many years an evergreen topic, but recent advances that have made gene and protein sequencing far less expensive, and annotated protein sequences far more extensively available, have opened up new opportunities.

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