biochemistry

How the cannabis plant creates important pain-relieving molecules that are 30 times more powerful at reducing inflammation than Aspirin has been uncovered, for the first time, by researchers at the University of Guelph. The discovery unlocks the potential to create a naturally derived pain treatment that would offer potent relief without the risk of addiction… Read more

When you reach for a bottle of acetaminophen, you may be looking for relief from a headache. But if you take more than what is recommended, the drug can damage your liver. That’s because when a component of the drug — a substructure referred to as an aniline — breaks down in the liver, it… Read more

Specific interactions that occur between the HIV virus capsid and a key protein that interferes with the protective shell’s integrity have been identified in a new study. The findings are just one step in better understanding the mechanism of HIV infection, but the researchers believe it’s an important advance. “This is basic science, fundamental research… Read more

Using a novel type of chemical reaction, MIT researchers have shown that they can modify antibiotics in a way that could potentially make them more effective against drug-resistant infections. By chemically linking the antibiotic vancomycin to an antimicrobial peptide, the researchers were able to dramatically enhance the drug’s effectiveness against two strains of drug-resistant bacteria… Read more

New research identifies cellular processes that appear to supercharge both growth and shrinkage of telomeres — the chemical “caps” on chromosomes associated with aging. The work, which focused on two enzymes in yeast, could lead to new insights on stopping runaway cellular growth in cancer tumors and the treatment of premature aging disorders such as… Read more