Drug synthesis – an example

Drugs are exceedingly complicated molecules. The process of getting to know what a drug should look like is, in the words of Edward Holson, Director of Medicinal Chemistry at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, “like a chess game.”

Nature’s mirrors

Once, I heard that the more symmetrical a face between the left and right sides, the more attractive it is. This occurred to me again when I was doing my eyebrows last night and accidentally trimmed a little too much off my left eyebrow. But while our reflections in the mirror act exactly as we do, the same certainly does not hold true for molecules.

Ashtanga yoga moon day

Today was a ‘moon day’ for ashtanga yoga practitioners. It reminds me of the time when I was in India practicing at 5am six days a week, unless, of course, there’s a moon day.

Fish, mercury and ADHD

I was browsing through EurekAlert the other day for new studies to blog about and came across this title: Low-level mercury exposure in pregnant women connected to risk in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Now, I normally wouldn’t follow through on such an article, as I am: a. not pregnant, b. everyone knows mercury is toxic, so it shouldn’t be surprising that it causes problems. But the word ‘fish’ in the press release got my attention because I love eating fish and yes, I like to know what’s going on with my food, so I clicked on it and read the paper.