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Table of Contents

July 1999
Volume 8, Number 7

FEATURES

30 Rappaccini's Children: Bioremediation of Poisonous Environments
Microbes, fungi, and plants are increasingly deployed to combat noxious effluents.
Mark S. Lesney
36 Reconciling the Method Development Process
Why it can take years for the U.S. EPA to sanction new analytical procedures.
Charles W. Schmidt
47 The 1999 Readers' Choice Awards
Your chance to pick the winners.

DEPARTMENTS

7 For Openers
The First of July
James F. Ryan
9 Letters
Feedback from our readers
10 Update
News in brief: business, government, science
17 Computers in Chemistry
PC Hardware Upgrades Often Involve Close Choices
Buy new or enhance the old? It comes down to specific costs.
Terrance A. Rooney
23 Lab Products Notebook
Vendor-Customer Partnering: A Case History
How one pharmaceutical R&D company worked with a software provider to upgrade its LIMS.
Wendy Schultz
27 Keeping Up
Meetings, conferences, and short courses
29 The Chemist's Bookshelf
Cleaning Up
Clare Gerlach, Mark S. Lesney
41 Industry Today
Mergers Are Surging
The trillion-dollar trend is affecting thousands of chemical professionals.
John K. Borchardt
57 Health Perspectives
Is Candy Dandy for Your Heart?
Recent research has cast chocolate in a new antioxidant-rich light.
Mary Ann Ryan
63 Personal Business
How to Resurrect the Roth IRA Tax Break
Also: The ins and outs of index funds; the value of variable annuities .
Milton Zall
71 Regulations and You
Environmental Issues Reign on Canadian-U.S. Border
Hazardous waste control requires transboundary cooperation.
Clare Gerlach
75 The Way We Were
Civil War Spurred Chemical Enterprise
Gunpowder and medicine were key contributions of a youthful chemical industry to the bloody conflict of the 1860s.
David M. Kiefer
79 Profiles in Chemistry
Canada's "Dr. Wizard"
The 1999 ACS Grady-Stack Award winner has written his first book and will be heading a new office.
Randall Frey
82 Product Information
New products, literature, and Web sites
88 Lighter Elements
Humorous tales from readers' labs and lives. . . plus a cartoon.