Chemists make historic fluorine discovery

Chemists are constantly looking for new applications of chemicals to enhance the quality of our lives. Exploring the properties of fluorine, atomic number 16 is a good example.

Key Takeaways:

  • Fluorine is widely used in making drugs and can be seen in products such as toothpastes and drinking water.
  • Some researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have been studying thiols because its levels in the body can mean health or sickness.
  • The researchers discovered a new technique that involved cysteine dioxygenase (CDO) and cysteamine dioxygenase (ADO) which are chemicals in the body that regulate thiol levels.
  • 2-deoxy-2-18F-fluoro-β-D-glucose (18F-FDG), an analogue of glucose, is used for early detection of brain tumors using PET scanners.

“A groundbreaking discovery by chemists at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will have a significant impact on how pharmaceutical companies develop new drug treatments.”

Read more: https://phys.org/news/2018-09-chemists-historic-fluorine-discovery.html

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