Celebrate Halloween through chemistry


Halloween, the yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, is the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows (or Saints). Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. A little chemistry can add a lot of ghastly, ghostly effect to the Halloween celebration. Here are some top Halloween projects that apply command of chemistry. Read more

 

Scientists at Harvard University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have developed a new class of genome editing tool. This new “base editor” can directly repair the type of single-letter changes in the human genome that account for approximately half of human disease-associated point mutations. These mutations are associated with disorders ranging from genetic blindness to sickle-cell anemia to metabolic disorders to cystic fibrosis. Read more

 

Brenntag AG celebrates the official hand-over of the keys to its new company headquarters in Essen, Germany. Employees are scheduled to move into the new building in Essen-Ruttenscheid – named the “House of Elements” – in mid-November. The six-storey House of Elements in Essen’s Gruga Carree is the headquarters of Brenntag AG, Brenntag Holding GmbH and Brenntag GmbH. With a gross floor area of around 20,700 square meters, it can accommodate up to 650 employees. Read more

 

BASF SE and Poietis SAS have signed a framework agreement on further development and services in the field of 3D bioprinting technology. The main goal is to further improve the 3D laser-assisted bioprinted skin models that have been co-developed since 2015 to evaluate cosmetic ingredients for skin care applications. The 3D laser-assisted bioprinting technology, by which organic tissues can be reproduced, allows a precise positioning of skin cells in three-dimensional structures. Read more

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