A machine that repairs injured livers could reduce waiting times and save the lives of more patients awaiting transplant surgery. The perfusion system kept alive six out of ten poor-quality human livers that had been declined for transplantation in Europe and restored them to full function (Nature Biotechn., doi: 10.1038/s41587-019-0374-x).
One rare piece of good news in the hunt for drugs for Alzheimer’s disease is a new antibody treatment that, if approved, could be the first disease-altering therapy ever, Anthony King reports
Bidirectional asymmetric synthesis with enhanced enantioselectivity - In bidirectional synthesis, two ends of a substrate contain the same functional groups, and consequently can undergo a one-pot sequence of two identical reactions.
Rome’s Fiumicino airport is to test a new tarmac on one of its runways for a year. The material contains graphene and waste plastic and is claimed to have cost and environmental benefits.
A type of bacteria already in use as a probiotic supplement could slow – and even reverse – the build-up of a protein associated with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), new research suggests. The work paves the way for studies into the effectiveness of probiotics in PD, the second most prevalent neurological disorder.
Confirmation that a banana-killing fungus has invaded the Americas has put the world’s banana supply in jeopardy. Now geneticists are in a race against time to save the beloved fruit, reports Jasmin Fox-Skelly
A US-based research team at Northwestern University has discovered a new approach to conducting chemical reactions without requiring direct contact with a catalyst.
Cyber-criminals pose numerous threats to chemical companies, the most serious of which is arguably ransomware attacks
Emissions of the potent greenhouse gas HFC-23 have been rising at record levels, according to new research. The findings seem to contradict claims by India and China that they had almost eliminated HFC-23 emissions.
The European Commission has decided not to renew the approval of Bayer’s pesticide thiacloprid, effectively banning the chemical from use in Europe.