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Table of Contents

December 1999
Volume 8, Number 12

FEATURES

16 X-ray Crystallography: A Whole New Era
Charge-coupled devices enable rapid structure analysis.
Susan K. Byram
22 Innovating in the Material World
Combinatorial chemistry moves into the realm of inorganic compounds.
John S. MacNeil
29 The Readers' Choice Awards
Industrial chemists name the companies who serve them best.

DEPARTMENTS

7 For Openers
Material Matters
James F. Ryan
9 Update
News in brief: business, government, science
11 Health Perspectives
Letters on Lactose Intolerance
Readers provide tales of troubles and treatments.
Mary Ann Ryan
33 The Way We Were
From Ruin to Renewal
The Japanese chemical industry since World War II.
Richard A. Pizzi
37 Profiles in Chemistry
Happiness at the Business Helm
The head of PerkinElmer Instruments relishes his switch from an academic career.
Joan Moynihan
40 Index to Volume 8, 1999
42 Product Information
New products, literature, and Web sites
48 Lighter Elements
Humorous tales from readers' labs and lives . . . plus a cartoon.