And the fifth day of Christmas is already upon us… well by the reckoning of Chemistry World‘s Christmas quiz anyway. If you want to check out yesterday’s quiz questions then you can find them here.

On with the quiz and today’s questions.

A Southampton University chemistry lab was shut after a PhD student had to be treated for poisoning. Which two elements were they poisoned with?

Multiple papers came out this year casting more and more doubt on the claim that the bacterium GFAJ-1 can take up arsenic and incorporate it into its DNA backbone. What does GFAJ-1 stand for?  

On to the answers from yesterday’s quiz.

This year’s chemistry Nobel laureates were Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka for their work on G-coupled protein receptors. You can read all about their work on these important drug targets in our feature, A signal honour.

India was the country that claimed a domestic drug discovery first with Synriam made by pharmaceutical firm Ranbaxy. However, the active ingredient of Synriam was actually discovered in a drug screen by the Swiss charity Medicines for Malaria Venture. Read our story on the drug here.

That’s it for this week, but we’ll be back on Monday with more brain teasers.

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