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The latest high-impact science in Chemistry & Biochemistry

Molecular interactions drive the biological clocks in our cells, synchronizing our bodies with the 24-hour cycle of night and day. Certain mutations can shorten clock timing, making some people extreme “morning larks” because their internal clocks operate on a 20-hour cycle. (Image created by Jonathan Philpott with Bing Image Creator)

Study reveals key molecular interaction that sets the timing of our biological clocks

New findings point toward a promising target for the development of therapies for sleep disorders, jet lag, and other effects of clock disruption

The Chemical Screening Center’s new equipment includes an extremely fast high-resolution confocal microscope to acquire high-content image data for rapid screening of live cells. (Photo by Elena Zhukova)

UCSC Chemical Screening Center symposium features drug discovery talks

The center will hold a Grand Reopening Celebration and Research Symposium on Friday, May 5, marking a major upgrade with new state-of-the-art equipment

NIH grant funds research on a powerful new approach to drug development

NIH MIRA grant funds biochemist Scott Lokey’s efforts to develop complex, membrane-permeable molecules as next-generation therapeutic agents