Posts by Wolfgang Maret

Wolfgang Maret FRSC is the Professor of Metallomics in the Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Biochemistry at King’s College London, London, UK. He obtained his MSc in chemistry and his PhD in Natural Sciences from Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany. After postdoctoral research at The University of Chicago (Department of Biophysis & Theoretical Biology) he briefly returned to his alma mater in Germany. His first faculty appointment was in the Center for Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences and Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. He then joined the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX as an As-sociate Professor in the Departments of Preventive Medicine & Community Health and Anesthesiology.

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Zinc: the galvanizing chameleon

Jules Raulin, a student of Louis Pasteur, made a seminal discovery on zinc’s essential role in a microorganism’s growth. 150 years later, growing questions about this integral and essential element revolve around its purpose for our everyday lives.

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Chromium: Are we red-green blind regarding its biological chemistry?

The legendary traffic lights in Berlin, the “Ampelmännchen”, symbolise the opposite biological functions of chromium compounds in two major oxidation states: one for health and the other for disease. In other words, green stands for “go and safe”, red stands for “stop and danger”.

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