Bad microbes? Call the copper

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

Copper is a metal with antimicrobial properties known for centuries but is undergoing a renaissance of scientific interest in medicine. Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver is now keeping its many high touch surfaces clean with the help of this metal.

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Cannabis, chemistry and the coming opportunities

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

Canada’s legal cannabis market grew 118% in 2020 and is expected to grow another 60% this year, according to market research firm, Brightfield Group. This explosive rise in popularity, fueled by Ottawa’s 2018 legalization, makes it both a frustrating and exciting time to be a chemist in the cannabis industry.

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Putting a virus-busting air filter to the test

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are working on an air filter to destroy viruses like the one that causes COVID-19. The idea is to capture airborne water droplets after someone coughs or sneezes, and to render viruses inside the droplets harmless by oxidizing them.

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Inspired by the sea to fight cancer metastasis

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

Macrolides are a class of natural products known for their antibiotic properties and in the past few decades, scientists have also shown they can be important allies in the battle against cancer. Queen’s University researchers are getting closer to developing a macrolide-based treatment.

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