Chemistry

Infrared vision for immunotherapy

A new technique employs a bright infrared light that can pass through millimeters of tissue to illuminate tumors deep inside the body.

Healing compounds in scorpion venom

Stanford chemists have identified and synthesized two new healing compounds in scorpion venom that are effective at killing staph and tuberculosis bacteria.

A chemical cloak of invisibility could reveal RNA’s secrets

Biologists do not know the purpose of about 90 percent of the RNA in living cells, in large part because RNA is so chemically unstable. A new method called RNA cloaking, developed by chemistry Professor Eric Kool and his lab, could make the molecule easier to study.

Hassle-free HIV test works better, sooner

Stanford researchers have developed a reliable, hassle-free HIV test – just what public health officials need to screen large numbers of people and head off potential outbreaks.

Miniature droplets could solve an origin-of-life riddle

Before life could begin, something had to kickstart the production of critical molecules. Chemistry Professor Richard Zare says that something may have been as simple as a mist made up of tiny drops of water.