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Chemical biology: Radical transformation
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In Nature China this week - Immunology: Allergy control; Medical biology: To my heart's keeper; Organic chemistry: Come together; Plant genomics: Soy story; Metals: Strong and stretchy; Solid-state physics: Small vibrations, big applications.

Nature China highlights the best research coming out of Mainland China and Hong Kong, providing scientists from around the world with a convenient portal into publications drawn from across all scientific disciplines. Each week, our editors select the best published research and provide a summary of the results.


CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Chemical biology: Radical transformation
The enzyme NosL catalyses an unprecedented rearrangement reaction that is key to nosiheptide biosynthesis

Immunology: Allergy control
Reducing the amount of extracellular matrix protein in helper T cells may help to relieve asthma and allergies

Medical biology: To my heart's keeper
MicroRNA modulation is a promising approach for preventing heart attacks

Structural biology: Vitamin transport
Protein structure reveals a common mechanism for vitamin uptake across the bacterial membrane


CHEMISTRY

Organic chemistry: Come together
Nickel catalyst could mediate the reaction of alkynes with carbon dioxide to form useful alkenoic acids

Photochemistry: Graphene lithography
The photochemical process used to remove organic pollutants can also be used to pattern graphene


GENETICS

Plant genomics: Soy story
Researchers in China have discovered how domestication and human selection have negatively affected the genetic diversity of soybeans


MATERIALS

Metals: Strong and stretchy
Researchers in Shenyang have developed an approach for enhancing both the strength and ductility of metals

Surface and thin films: Two sides of the same coin
Janus flakes formed by crushing hollow particles may help to clean up oil spills


PHYSICS

Solid-state physics: Small vibrations, big applications
Zinc oxide microspheres that vibrate when exposed to green laser light may provide a compact source of terahertz radiation

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