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Research Field Analytical science, Drug discovery

Mirror, Mirror…

Many drugs are chiral molecules, which means that they have the potential to “flip” and exist as different enantiomers – non-superimposable mirror images of the original molecule with an identical chemical structure. In some cases, this flipping behavior can occur when an enantiomerically pure drug enters the body – a process known as racemization. Recent research aims to predict racemization (1), so we spoke to co-author Niek Buurma from Cardiff University’s School of Chemistry to discover more about the dangers of mirror molecules – and a new tool to remedy the problem.

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Roisin McGuigan

I have an extensive academic background in the life sciences, having studied forensic biology and human medical genetics in my time at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. My research, data presentation and bioinformatics skills plus my ‘wet lab’ experience have been a superb grounding for my role as a deputy editor at Texere Publishing. The job allows me to utilize my hard-learned academic skills and experience in my current position within an exciting and contemporary publishing company.

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