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March 8, 2004
Volume 82, Number 10
CENEAR 82 10 p. 1

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NEWS OF THE WEEK
MARS WATER
Rover Opportunity provides compelling evidence that the Red Planet was once wet.
CASES DECIDED
Workplace exposure suits are resolved; most are favorable toward industry.
TRADE TARIFFS
Foreign sales tax exemption is target of EU trade tariffs; chemicals are excluded.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE
White House-led strategy aims to combat illegal Internet sales of controlled substances.
PLATINUM CONTROL
Burrowing particles could provide a useful technique to control catalyst structure.
MODEL CLOTS
Blood clot model is prototype for studies of other complex reaction networks.
IRAQI ARMS SEARCH
Most weapons of mass destruction probably had been destroyed by 1991, UN says.
QUEST UNIT SOLD
ICI, like Rhodia, is selling its food ingredients business.
BIOTECH UPTICK
Initial public offerings for three biotech firms add to flurry of recent activity.

COVER STORY
NITRIC OXIDE'S NEW PLAYER
Researchers explore the chemistry of NO's biological alter ego, HNO.
COVER: The active site of nitric oxide synthase (with arginine substrate) features heme and tetrahydrobiopterin groups. Courtesy of Patrick McCarren, UCLA

BUSINESS
BUSINESS CONCENTRATES
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
Overall activity slowed in 2003 in the worldwide chemical industry.
DEAL-MAKING
For both pharma and biotech, mergers and acquisitions rose in total value over 2002.
SCI MEDALIST
Thomas Reilly Jr., retired CEO of Reilly Industries, discusses his political involvement.
NOVOZYMES
Danish firm puts enzymes in the catbird seat as a replacement for industrial chemicals.
BIOTECH BOTTOM LINE
Biotech products need to be both effective and cost-effective to compete.

GOVERNMENT & POLICY
GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES
SCIENCE POLICY
Hot topics of the past year are addressed at AAAS annual meeting.
HINDSIGHTS
Implications of women becoming better educated than men could prove profound.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY
SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES
TISSUE ENGINEERING
To grow large tissues, such as vital organs, the problem of vascularization must be solved.
EDUCATION
Fewer undergraduates seek degrees in chemical engineering.
WOMEN IN ACADEMIA
NSF's Advance program works to bring more women into leadership roles.

ACS COMMENT
KEEPING A CREATIVE EDGE

227TH ACS NATIONAL MEETING
TECHNICAL PROGRAM AND EXPOSITION
Listing of technical presentations and description of exhibitors in Anaheim, March 28–April 1.



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