1. Digitonin as a Biological Detergent

    Digitonin as a Biological Detergent
    Digitonin (C56H92O29) is a steroidal, monodesmosidic saponin (a toxic chemical with a plant-based origin) derived from the foxglove plant species, Lady’s Glove; Digitalis pupurea. The compound appears as a white or off-white powder under room temperature, and scientists often apply it as a biological detergent due to its capacity to water-solubilize lipids.  The compound naturally occurs as a non-ionic surfactant...
  2. Applications of Boric Acid

    Applications of Boric Acid
    Boric acid (H3BO3), also known as hydrogen borate or boracic acid, is a weak monobasic Lewis acid of boron. Researchers may increase the acidity of boric acid through complexation reactions with polyols like sorbitol or lactitol. The compound has multiple purposes, such as applications for molecular biology in buffer preparations. German chemist Wilhelm Homberg discovered man-made boric acid crystals in...
  3. Fidaxomicin for Life Science Research

    Fidaxomicin for Life Science Research
    Fidaxomicin (C52H74Cl2O18) is a member of the class of narrow spectrum macrocyclic antibiotics known as tiacumicins. The drug derives from the fermentation of tiacumicin metabolites from a soil isolate of the actinomycete Dactylosporangium aurantiacum, a Gram-positive bacterium. Scientists discovered fidaxomicin (known as lipiarmycin) in 1975, isolating the compound in pure form from Actinoplanes deccanensis. Researchers noted the antibiotic’s effectiveness in...
  4. Protease Inhibitors for COVID-19 Rapid Testing

    Protease Inhibitors for COVID-19 Rapid Testing
    The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was discovered in China in December 2019. Since then, more than two million people have died from COVID, including over 400,000 in the U.S. alone. COVID-19 rapid testing has become crucial because even in the absence of symptoms, people need to know if they're at risk of spreading the virus. People who test positive via a COVID-19 rapid test...

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