Author Archives: Mark Peplow

C&EN: Rapid COVID-19 testing breaks free from the lab

Fast, portable systems could help to deliver routine infection screening as countries ease lockdowns.

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C&EN: Enzyme screen unlocks easier route to 2-ketoacids

Computational analysis identifies aminotransferases that convert cheap amino acids into high-value molecules.

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Nature Biotechnology: Bioconcrete presages new wave in environmentally friendly construction

Living cells used in construction to create concrete, bricks or tiles could also soak up CO2.

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C&EN: Ester dance moves substituents around arene rings

Palladium catalyst offers unusual route to high-value compounds.

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C&EN: Accuracy of COVID-19 antibody tests questioned

Systematic review finds that the quality of diagnostic results strongly depends on when patient samples were taken.

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C&EN: Developing countries face diagnostic challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic surges

The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics is at the forefront of efforts to expand testing in low- and middle-income countries.

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C&EN: Electrochemistry cuts CO₂ footprint of synthesizing ethylene oxide

Strategy adds to toolkit for greening the chemical industry.

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C&EN: X-ray method solves mystery of metallic ammonia

Researchers study how solvated electrons behave inside the classic reagent used in Birch reductions.

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C&EN: Genetically-engineered malaria vaccines show promise in the clinic

Inoculating people with weakened parasites may generate stronger immune response than the current malaria vaccine.

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C&EN: Artemisinin raises hopes and fears amid COVID-19

Researchers test Artemisia annua extracts against the novel coronavirus, while the WHO cautions that herbal remedies made from the plant could boost malaria resistance.

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