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The attached picture was used for the 1951 campaign for the Labor seat of Dartford. Conservative Party candidate Margaret Roberts* lost that race, but the image of her as a scientist was something that her campaign manager thought would resonate with voters. It did, in that even though she lost the election for this safe Labor seat in both the 1950 and 1951 General Elections, she cut the Labor majority substantially.

* she married Denis Thatcher in December 1951

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A Connection Between Vitamin B12 and Iron?

Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994) is known for her painstaking work over 13 years that led to the characterization of vitamin B12. This earned her the Nobel Prize in 1964, but she had also earned a reputation for creating a work environment that was extremely egalitarian and collaborative. All the women and men working with her were treated as equals and this engendered tremendous loyalty and productivity. This was also demonstrated in her habit of frequently publishing her groundbreaking scientific discoveries as co-author with her protégés. The credit that her co-workers received stood them in very good stead in their future careers and became pioneers in science. One of Dorothy's students who wrote her fourth-year dissertation on X-ray crystallography (the method used to work out the molecular structure of B12) graduated in 1947 and then went to work for the British Xylonite Plastics company as an industrial chemist. It was there that she joined a union, became interested in politics and ended up her career as British Prime Minister, Margaret Roberts Thatcher - the Iron Lady.

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X-Ray Crystallography
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X-Ray Crystallography

X-ray Crystallography is a scientific method used to determine the arrangement of atoms of a crystalline solid in three dimensional space. This technique takes advantage of the interatomic spacing of most crystalline solids by employing them as a diffraction gradient for x-ray light, which has wavelengths on the order of 1 angstrom (10-8 cm).

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Jonathan’s background as a practicing diabetes specialist for 15 years and 17-year career developing nutritional prescriptive products for the pharmaceutical industry has contributed to his ability to understand nutrients, how they work and why they are important.

Over the years he has acquired broad and in-depth knowledge in minerals, essential fatty acids and other nutrients, but has special expertise in Vitamin B12 and choline metabolism. He is often asked to speak at national and international venues to articulate why B12, folate and choline are so important to gene function, brain development, liver and cardiovascular health. He applies pharmaceutical standards to nutrient science and has developed a unique ability to translate complicated concepts into simple promotional messages that resonate with practitioners and consumers. He has developed dozens of innovative nutritional products, of which many are category leaders in the US. Jonathan obtained his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in South Africa and did his fellowship in Endocrinology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

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