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Volume 86, Number 49: December 8, 2008

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Genes To Gasoline

Genomics strategies provide clues for unraveling cellulosic biomass. With Photo Gallery

Lignocellulose: A Complex Biomaterial

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News of the Week

Fertilization Illuminated

Crystallography offers peek at a mammalian sperm receptor.

Tough Times Ahead

Global recession will dramatically slow chemical output.

Panel Warns Of WMD Attack

Congressional task force calls for urgent measures to mitigate probable threat.

Dow Moves Two Big Deals Along

The sale of its petrochemical business enables Dow's purchase of Rohm and Haas.

Mumbai Tragedy

Terrorism disrupts chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Melamine In Infant Formula

FDA updates safety policy after finding the industrial chemical in U.S. products.

Mimicking Mother-Of-Pearl

Berkeley researchers fabricate exceptionally tough composite.

Tainted Heparin's Link To Reactions

Study shows adulterant caused adverse effects in patients.

On-Call Scientists

Science association's program seeks volunteers to help with human rights work.

ACS News

ACS Comment

WCC helps close the gender gap.

Employment

Life After Big Pharma

Chemists downsized out of big drug companies are finding new careers with contract research organizations.

New Contract Research Firm Sees Business Returning To The U.S.

The Departments

Letters

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People

» Business

December 8, 2008

Chemical Plan Limps To Its Next Phase

Problems with preregistration required by the EU's REACH foreshadow what's in store for registration.

Authorization Gets A Taste Of SIN

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Quattor Rises

A new company aims to challenge Braskem for leadership in Brazil's chemical industry.

Chemical Demand Collapses In China

Sharp drop in Chinese hunger for high-volume chemicals is causing consternation.

Business Concentrates

» Government & Policy

December 8, 2008

NSF'S Renewed Push For Innovation

Agency's chemistry centers program funds collaborative research to pursue bold ideas.

Government & Policy Concentrates

» Science & Technology

December 8, 2008

Improving Metal Detection In Drugs

New standards proposed by U.S. Pharmacopeia will change how drugmakers analyze and report metal impurities.

C&EN Talks With: Arlene Blum

Biochemist, world-class mountaineer rallies for policy work on flame retardants.

Science & Technology Concentrates

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