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March 3, 2003
Volume 81, Number 9
CENEAR 81 9 p. 3

NEWS OF THE WEEK
INFORMEX
Companies at trade show note industry downturn; some believe biotech will be crucial.
DYNAMIC ASSEMBLY
Porphyrin supramolecular ring is model for light-harvesting array.
CLARIANT
With a 2002 net loss, firm will consolidate and sell units.
PLASTIC TOYS
U.S. votes to allow PVC and phthalate in toys, but the EU proposes a ban.
INVESTIGATION
NIST will examine the Rhode Island nightclub fire.
AIDS VACCINE
Clinical trial shows AIDSVAX is no better than a placebo.
PROTEIN BINDING
Antibody can take on two conformations and bind two unrelated antigens.
TRANSFORMING PLASTIC
Method yields coating with highly water-repellent surface
EPA APPROVAL
Monsanto's genetically engineered corn protects against rootworms.

COVER STORY
CHEMICAL GENETICS
Chemists explore the biological world by synthesizing diverse arrays of small molecules.

BUSINESS
BUSINESS CONCENTRATES
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
Corporate activity dropped last year compared with the boom years of the mid- to late-1990s.
HAIR COLOR
Improvements in hair dye chemistry offer more choices to consumers of all ages.
SURFACTANTS
Sasol's acquisition of Condea marries technology depth and market position.
ANTIDUMPING IN ASIA
China issues tough rulings but is becoming more precise in its regulations.
INSIGHTS
China may be the darling of foreign investors, but India should not be overlooked.

GOVERNMENT & POLICY
GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES
CHEMICAL EXPOSURE
Most extensive survey yet of human exposure to environmental chemicals.
TOXICOGENOMICS
National Research Council helps regulators compare data from microarray testing of chemicals.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY
SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES
CHEMICAL SCIENCE
Envisioning how advances in chemistry and chemical engineering will contribute to a brighter future.
FLUORINE CHEMISTRY
Conference delivers findings on nontraditional topics, including enzymes and lithography.

ACS COMMENT
CELEBRATING SUCCESS, RENEWING COMMITMENT

225TH ACS NATIONAL MEETING
TECHNICAL PROGRAM AND EXPOSITION
Highlights, description of exhibitors, and listing of technical presentations in New Orleans, March 23–27.

THE DEPARTMENTS

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