The European Commission has committed to ending the practice where EU companies manufacture for export hazardous chemicals that are banned in Europe. However, the move would not prevent European companies from selling EU-banned chemicals if they are manufactured outside the EU. Read more in C&I Magazine.
The European Commission has adopted a Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, which it aims to deliver by 2024. It sets out to boost innovation for safe and sustainable chemicals and prohibit use of the most harmful chemicals in consumer products, unless essential for society. Read more in C&I Magazine.
Novel approved cancer therapy CAR-T involves taking immune cells out of a patient, altering them to target a protein called CD19, and reinfusing them into the patient. CD19 is a distinguishing marker of some blood cancers. Read more in C&I Magazine.
Researchers in Australia have found that high-intensity light resolves a fundamental challenge preventing the wide uptake of next-generation perovskite solar cells. Read more in C&I Magazine.
Plastic waste is increasingly at the forefront of environmental concerns, from overflowing landfill sites to plastics littering the oceans. While we are familiar with shopping bags and fleece jackets made from repurposed PET bottles, they are something of an outlier, as many other plastics are difficult, if not impossible, to recycle into functional materials.
Easily prepared versions of the natural clay bentonite may one day offer a cheaper approach to removing synthetic oestrogens from water, according to a new study (Environ. Eng. Sci., doi: org/10.1089/ees.2020.0048). Read more in C&I Magazine.
Neonicotinoid insecticides are highly persistent and can contaminate freshwater and the nectar and pollen of crops and wildflowers. Their use is heavily restricted in the EU. Read more in C&I Magazine
Air pollution is linked to greater hospital admissions for brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research. Read more in C&I Magazine.
Researchers have charted gene activity in mouse immune cells over the course of a model infection to create the first full dynamic map of how cells learn to fight microbes, and then preserve a memory of this for future infections. The findings could help scientists develop new vaccines and therapeutics for a range of diseases. Read more in C&I Magazine.
To survive, grow and divide, cells rely on numerous different enzymes that catalyse many successive reactions. Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland have developed a precisely controllable system for mimicking these biochemical reaction cascades. Read more in C&I Magazine.