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Volume 87, Number 03: January 19, 2009

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Custom Chemicals

Contract manufacturers look for ways to cope with economic challenges and changes at pharmaceutical customers.

From Compound To Pill

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News of the Week

Congress Questions Chu, Jackson

Senate committees hear from nominees for Energy, EPA.

15,000 Jobs Lost

Chemical payroll losses mirror those in U.S. economy.

Safer Shipping

Industry supports rule to boost safety standards of rail hazmat tank cars.

Curvy Crystals

Researchers begin to unravel the mechanism behind lab-made shapely inorganic crystals. With Videos

Pharma Research

Pfizer will eliminate up to 800 R&D positions in 2009.

Vanderbilt Forms Pact With J&J

Unique deal reflects novel drug discovery program at the university.

ACS Speeds Web Publication

Society tests free online access to peer-reviewed, accepted manuscripts.

Methane On Mars

Detection of gas plumes reinvigorates debate over the existence of martian microbes.

U.S., ACS Are Hosts Of 2012 International Chemistry Olympiad

Nearly 70 international delegations will compete for medals at the University of Maryland.


Indian Women In Science

Universal tales of women's struggles to attain parity in the world of scientific research.


Head of the Class

Ph.D. chemists carve out satisfying careers teaching high school.

The Departments



» Business

January 19, 2009

Staying Alive

The biopharmaceutical sector scales back research to manage cash and ride out the economic downturn.

Clustering In Heidelberg

German region wins competition to anchor one of five national R&D clusters. Web Exclusive

Tight Focus Helped German Clusters Compete

Web Exclusive

Filling Drug Gaps

Priority Review Vouchers aim to spur researchers to address neglected diseases.

C&EN Talks With: Robert S. Wedinger

Ph.D. chemist and Chemtura exec makes his mark at the highest level of business.

Business Concentrates

» Government & Policy

January 19, 2009

Congressional Outlook 2009

New President will spur energy, climate-change agenda in Congress.

Insights: Presidential Science Advice

Advisory Council's prestige waned under Bush, but may revive with Obama

Government & Policy Concentrates

» Science & Technology

January 19, 2009

Age Is No Barrier

Professors continue research after retirement or skip retirement altogether.

Unease Over Tungsten

Increased use boosts element's environmental status to concern.

Inside Instrumentation

Technology and business news for the laboratory world.

Science & Technology Concentrates

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