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Photosensitive metal complexes that are able to bind to DNA duplexes hold promise for diagnostic and therapeutic applications — but the precise details of how they interact with DNA need to be better understood. A collection of articles in this focus highlight some of the latest advances in elucidating their binding modes as well as challenges associated with this area of research.
The past decade has seen a debate grow on the possibility that the motions of enzymes could influence the contribution that quantum mechanical tunnelling makes to their activity. In this focus we highlight differing views on the significance that structural dynamics has on the reactivity of enzymes.
The designation of 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry by the United Nations offers our community an opportunity not only to celebrate its successes, but also to look critically at the challenges it faces.
April 2010 marks the first anniversary of the launch of Nature Chemistry. To celebrate, we have put together a compilation of our favourite articles from the first 12 issues. The selection, which is free until the end of June 2010, reflects the breadth of topics covered byNature Chemistry. We hope you enjoy it.