A new compound created by Wake Forest chemists could help scientists probe the secrets behind deadly forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Bruce King, a professor of chemistry and associate provost of research, and Thomas Poole, a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry, engineered the molecular tool to pinpoint exactly where cell damage is occurring as a result of the body burning too much oxygen. It could one day help to determine if a person is at risk of developing a life-threatening disease. The results of their work appear in the current edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. “In the future we might be able to take a blood sample and inject our molecule into it to determine if certain proteins are undergoing a reaction associated with a particular disease,” King said. That could help us determine if you are going to develop cancer or if you are going to get sick.” Too much oxygen is a bad thing Oxidation is the process of burning in the body. In the right amounts, the body’s immune system uses oxidation to cause inflammation and fight off disease. Too much, however, can damage cells and DNA. This in turn can make
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