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C&EN talks with Paula T. Hammond, chemical engineering leader

Head of MIT’s Chemical Engineering Department, who is building an arsenal of layered drug-delivery systems, wants to take on the toughest challenges

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Structural Biology

Amyloids found in human cataracts

2-D infrared spectroscopy also detects amyloids in lenses without diagnosed cataracts

New method catches cystic fibrosis inflammatory enzyme in the act

A combination of two techniques offers a clinically feasible way to measure inflammatory response in chronic lung diseases

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Inorganic Chemistry

Recovering rare earths from fertilizer waste

A biological acid extracts the valuable elements from phosphogypsum

Chemists explore the periodic table’s actinide frontier

Investigations of the table’s shadowy realms are enjoying a renaissance

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Genetic tests reveal that the ancestry of some cancer cell lines is misclassified

A common prostate cancer cell line classified as African-American actually carries more than 90% European ancestry, study reports

Scientists probe STING structure and activity

Drug companies want to use STING to fight cancer. New insights into the structure and activity of the protein could help that quest.