A science journalist with a decade of experience as a reporter and editor. Before turning freelance in January 2013, he spent four years as the chief news editor at Nature magazine, where he ran the global news team and shepherded numerous exclusives into print and online. He was the editor of Chemistry World magazine from 2006 to 2008, which followed two years as a reporter at Nature. His writing spans the physical sciences: from astrophysics and planetary sciences, through chemistry and materials, to Earth and environmental science.
Yeast has been genetically modified to make (S)-reticuline, a precursor to a wide range of therapeutic alkaloids. The work marks an important step towards producing such pharmaceuticals by fermentation.
Shutting down a metabolic pathway that fuels misfiring neurons can suppress seizures in mice, find researchers who predict a fresh approach to developing antiepileptic drugs.
Two research groups have independently solved the structures of similar translocator proteins, offering clues about its function that could spur the development of targeted drugs.
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