Werner Kaminsky shows a needle used to hold samples in his crystallography machine (Photo: by Joshua Bessex)
Better understanding the structure of the humulone molecule found in hops could lead to more effective pharmaceuticals
A beer a day might not keep the doctor away but hops, one of the basic ingredients in beer brewing, could be good for you. In a development that could lead to better drug treatments of diabetes and cancer, University of Washington research associate professor of chemistry, Werner Kaminsky, has determined the exact structure of humulones and their derivatives – the acids in hops that give beer its distinctive bitter taste.
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