The nascent field of chemical biology employs small molecules to study the biology of disease. Scientists are using the methods of chemical biology to understand the principles that underlie cell activity, and, ultimately, to develop new pharmaceuticals and therapies.
The breadth of topics presented by seven researchers during a symposium hosted by the Hunter College Center for Study of Gene Structure and Function reveals just how expansive the field of chemical biology has become. Topics ranged from how RNA interference could be used to prevent HIV infection, to how traditional healers in the Amazon concoct a termite-derived Viagra-like compound, to how a private company is using a new technology platform to redesign chemical entities to interact more flexibly with a diseased system.
Robert Dottin Professor of Biology Director of the Gene Center Hunter College, CUNY