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Researchers have found that a common plant owes the dazzling blue colour of its fruit to fat in its cellular structure, the first time this type of colour production has been observed in nature.

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Dr Olga Kennard FRS has been awarded the 12th Ewald Prize "for her invaluable pioneering contribution to the development of crystallographic databases".

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DNA structure courtesy Thomas Splettstoesser

Four stranded DNA structures – known as G-quadruplexes – have been shown to play a role in certain types of breast cancer for the first time, providing a potential new target for personalised medicine.

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Emeritus Professor Sir Alan Fersht of this Department has been named as the 2020 winner of the world's oldest scientific prize, the Royal Society's prestigious Copley Medal.

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Professor Clare Grey courtesy Department of Chemistry Photography

Professor Clare Grey has been awarded the Royal Society 2020 Hughes Medal.

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The new normal: Steve skyping with his PA Jacqui Worster from his home computer

On Monday the 20th of July, Professor Steve Ley celebrated a personal milestone: his 888th paper was published online exactly 50 years after the publication of his first research paper in synthetic chemistry.

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As Chairman of Indian pharmaceutical company Cipla, alumnus Dr Yusuf Hamied is increasing the production of Remdesivir and other anti-Covid-19 treatments for millions of sufferers.

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Ian McDonald (left) with Daan Frenkel (far right) and Giovanni Ciccotti (University of Rome) in 1986

We are sorry to announce that our colleague Dr Ian McDonald passed away on Sunday the 19th of July.

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