Jul 19, 2011
Latest Alchemist from ChemWeb – Some unusual chemical news this week, beginning with the discovery of hydrogen peroxide in interstellar space by European astronomers, while British chemists hint that organic life might have had a start in an inorganic shell. German analysts are hoping to track down the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls and US researchers suggest that children are chemically either doves or hawks for evolutionary advantage. In pharmaceutical news, the discovery that a chemokine causes the pain of sunburn might lead to new ways to treat this often self-inflicted problem as well as representing a novel lead for analgesic drug discovery. And, this week's personal news reports that chemist Marye Anne Fox is to step down from the role of chancellor at UCSD.