Biofriendly protocells pump up blood vessels23 November 2020An international team of researchers from Bristol and China has prepared biocompatible protocells that generate nitric oxide gas – a known reagent for blood vessel dilation - that when placed inside blood vessels expand the biological tissue.
Interactive virtual reality emerges as a new tool for drug design against COVID-1913 November 2020Scientists from the School of Chemistry have demonstrated a new virtual reality [VR] technique which should help in developing drugs against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and enable researchers to share models to collaborate in new ways. The innovative tool, created by School of Chemistry researchers, and published in the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, will help scientists around the world identify anti-viral drug leads more rapidly.
Singing is no more risky than talking finds new COVID-19 study21 August 2020The performing arts has been badly affected during the coronavirus pandemic with live musical performances cancelled for many months because singing was identified as a potential "higher risk" activity. New collaborative research has shown that singing does not produce very substantially more respiratory particles than when speaking at a similar volume. The findings, published on the pre-print server ChemRxiv, are crucial in providing COVID-19 guidance for live musical performances and the safe distancing of performers and audience.
Development of new blood test for GPs could help diagnose brain tumours earlier26 February 2020The School of Chemistry will be involved in new research, funded by Cancer Research, to produce a simple blood test to help diagnose brain tumours. Thanks to funding of nearly £500,000 from Cancer Research UK, this blood test could be used by GPs in primary care to allow earlier diagnosis. Around 60,000 patients in the UK are living with a brain tumour but only 20 per cent of patients are still alive five years after diagnosis, partly because they present late with large inoperable tumours.
Catalytic protocells get zingy10 January 2020Artificial cells capable of oxygen gas production and chemical signalling have been prepared using a combination of synthetic and biological catalysts through an international collaboration between the University of Bristol and the University of Padua in Italy.