Elemental Discoveries from the archive - Feb '98
by David Bradley
The function of a gene is affected by its position on the chromosome if it is in the wrong place it either will not function or can damage a cell. Trouble is, there is no way of making sure a therapeutic gene gets to the right spot. Israeli scientists have found a new type of gene carrier, or vector, which might get around this.
The semiconductor gallium could help in the fight against malaria according to David Piwnica-Worms. He and his team have found a gallium complex that selectively attacks resistant strains of malaria.
Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) is a powerful three-dimensional technique for studying structures and physical properties of microscopic surfaces including drugs and proteins down to the atomic scale.