Explore Topics Related to Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Chemist seeks to block enzyme reactions that lead to certain cancers.
ThumbnailMesmerized by Metals
Scientist tracks zinc in brain cells to uncover the causes of Alzheimer's, diabetes and prostate cancer.
ThumbnailDrugs from Deep Down
Researcher studies secondary metabolites found in caves to help find cures for diseases.
ThumbnailGreen Light
Chemist studies protein molecules that make animals glow in the dark.
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Chemical engineer studies methods to improve heart disease drugs.
ThumbnailPast to Present
Evolutionary biologist uses computers and other molecular biology tools to locate ancestral receptor genes.
ThumbnailMimicking Mother Nature
Chemist invents ways to create useful products found in nature—or in his imagination.
ThumbnailThe Humpty Dumpty Dilemma
Chemical biologist uses "top-down" mass spectrometry to weigh proteins.
ThumbnailGetting the Lead Out
Scientist studies the chemistry of lead poisoning.
ThumbnailLife Is Sweet
Biological engineer studies sugar molecules called carbohydrates.
ThumbnailChemical World
Toxicologist studies the role of genes in the body's response to chemical exposure.
ThumbnailSticky Situations
Scientist studies tailor-made molecules as possible treatments for inflammation and other illnesses.
ThumbnailThere’s an “Ome” for That
Rapid advances in technology and computational tools are allowing researchers to categorize many aspects of the biological world.
ThumbnailSpotlight on Videos: Scientists in Action
Janet Iwasa, Molecular Animator, and Laura Kiessling, Carbohydrate Scientist discuss their work in video inteviews.
ThumbnailNIGMS Is on Instagram!
NIGMS is now on Instagram (@NIGMS_NIH), beaming all the gorgeous science images you can’t get enough of straight to your mobile devices.
ThumbnailFive Foul Things That Are Also Good for You
Usually, we think of mold, feces, nitric oxide, hydrogen sulfide and rat poison as rank, toxic or both. But scientists are learning more about the helpful roles these substances can play
ThumbnailAlgae Clean Up Arsenic
Scientists discover algae that chemically change arsenic to make it less toxic.
ThumbnailChemists Smell Dirt
Scientist discovers how bacteria and algae make geosmin, or the odor of dirt.
ThumbnailVitamin B12 Explained
Scientists discover how bacteria make vitamin B12.
ThumbnailStuck on Mom
Researchers learn that during the fertile period in a woman's menstrual cycle, cells in her uterus acquire a sticky sugar coating.
ThumbnailNatural De-Icer
Researchers make customized versions of natural antifreeze.
ThumbnailLiving Cleansers
Researchers unveil the secrets of how small living cleansers can "eat" toxic chemicals.
ThumbnailHow Feverfew Works
Scientists discover that feverfew, which is also known by its plant name "bachelor's button," exerts its effects by halting inflammation.