What determines the stability of proteins?
With mathematical methods and computer simulations, Humboldt Fellow Richard Henchman (University of Manchester) is exploring the factors of protein stability – Research stay at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), supported by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation.
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Forensic electrochemistry: sensing “molecule of murder” atropine
A disposable and cost effective electrochemical sensor that can detect atropine in a drink has been made by scientists from the UK and Brazil. Atropine is a plant-derived drug that can be used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and exposure to nerve agents. However, it is also used as ... more
Spectroscopy on a two pence coin
Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has been carried out on British two pence coins to detect several drugs of abuse, including MDMA. SERS relies on a roughened metal surface, often silver, to give rise to strong spectral signals of the substance being analysed. By galvanising the co ... more