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Article Released Wed-6th-February-2008 19:37 GMT
Contact: Ruth Institution: Nature Publishing Group
 Colour structures: Beetle blue

In Nature China this week - The iridescent colours on beetle wings are caused by microstructures that could be replicated for camouflage technology. Other papers include Chemotherapy: Improved packaging, improved performance, Sand dunes: Light as a feather, Gene evolution: History repeats itself and Brain evolution: What makes it bigger.

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.

Asymmetric catalysis: Chirally inspired
An efficient asymmetric indium catalyst has been developed for the synthesis of dihydropropanones, key moieties for many bioactive compounds

Chemotherapy: Improved packaging, improved performance
Micelle encapsulation of doxorubicin enhances both its ability to penetrate solid tumours and antitumour effects

Sand dunes: Light as a feather
The appearance of 'feathery' dunes in the Kumtagh desert is caused by light reflecting off different sediments

Gene evolution: History repeats itself
Repeated sequences may mediate recombination mechanisms involved in the evolution of new genes

Brain evolution: What makes it bigger
A single nucleotide polymorphism in a microcephaly-causing gene may affect a person's brain size

Colour structures: Beetle blue
The iridescent colours on beetle wings are caused by microstructures that could be replicated for camouflage technology

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Keywords associated to this article: asymmetric catalyst, chemotherapy, sand dunes, genes, beetle
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