Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cooking up some chemistry inside a cell

There are, however, some brave chemists who are actively eschewing the comfort of simplicity. These scientists are developing chemical tools to craft new chemistry inside of cells. The cell is teeming with chemicals. The cell is the most complex collection of chemistry found anywhere on earth all bundled up in a teeny tiny little package. And these chemists are using the cell as their own personal test tube. A cell is like a bowl of vegetable soup. When you or I add salt to our soup it flavors the entire dish. The goal of bio-orthogonal chemists would be to salt only the peas in the soup. Likely, the chemist most responsible for popularizing the use of these bio-orthogonal techniques is Berkeley Lab's Carolyn Bertozzi. More>