Meet the molecules

28 Mar 2018

Vinblastine and vincristine: life-saving drugs from a periwinkle

Catharanthus roseus, also known as Madagascar periwinkle, is a small perennial plant native to  Madagascar. Its attractive white or pink flowers have made it a popular ornamental plant in gardens and homes across the world, but it is also the source of some life-saving drugs.

25 Jan 2018

Introducing B-ODAP

We have known about the effects of β-ODAP (or to give it its full name; β-L-oxalyl-2,3-diaminopropionic acid) for a lot longer than we have known the molecule. 

15 Dec 2017

Meet the molecules; Christmas edition

What give holly berries their red colour? Prof Alison Smith investigates.

1 Nov 2017

Meet the molecules

In the first of a new series, we put one molecule under the microscope and describe what it is, how it's made and what it does. First up we have geosmin; which gives us the smell of soil.

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