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UV light is not all bad for DNA

A bright, sunny summer day, no sunscreen, and there it is: you got a sunburn. On their way to self-destruction, your skin cells’ DNA has been damaged by the solar ultraviolet (UV) light. Absorbing UV, some DNA bases undergo a chemical reaction, called photocyclization, linking... click to read more

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Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 26, 2023
New chemistry in unusual bacteria displays drug-like activity

 Where do drugs come from? Most clinical molecules are either produced by chemists in a laboratory, or naturally in living organisms. While synthetic chemistry is a pipeline to drug discovery, nature-made molecules continue to have an important role as drug templates. Certain soil bacteria called... click to read more

  • Grace Dekoker | Undergraduate Research Assistant at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Joshua Blodgett | Professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 21, 2023