TABLE OF CONTENTS
January 17, 2000
Volume 78, Number 3
CENEAR 78 3 p. 3
ISSN 0009-2347

NEWS OF THE WEEK

HUMAN GENOME:  11
Celera Genomics claims to have sequenced 90% of human genome.

FOREIGN STUDENTS: 12
INS plans would have universities collect fees to pay for electronically tracking students.

IGNITION FACILITY:12
Advisory panel says huge laser project faces no insurmountable problems.

PLASTICS FROM BIOMASS: 13
Cargill Dow will build first commercial-scale production unit to make polylactide.

PLUTONIUM OXIDES: 13
PuO2+x, not PuO2, is most stable Pu oxide and is also more soluble.

SPACE STATION SCIENCE: 14
Let private organization run the research, NRC panel tells NASA.

CROP PROTECTION: 14
Bayer, Exelixis form joint venture using genomics to develop insecticides, nematicides.

BUSINESS

BUSINESS CONCENTRATES: 17

COVER STORY
PHARMACEUTICALS:  21
Consolidations abound in the drug industry, but the resulting firms are not always stronger.

STOCK MARKET: 33
Biotech soared and chemicals rose moderately in 1999, but drugs lagged.

PETROCHEMICALS: 39
Middle East ethylene capacity expansion means producers elsewhere need to rethink strategy.

GOVERNMENT & POLICY

GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES:  41

INTERNET DRUG SALES: 42
White House wants to require FDA licenses for online pharmacies.

COLD WAR CHEMICALS: 44
Research council looks at how the Army should dispose of training kits.

GOVERNMENT INSIGHTS:   47
What it was really like at the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES:  48

COMPUTATIONAL CENTERS:   51
University of Georgia chemists focus on quantum mechanics and drug design, find synergy in new facility.

BOOKS
"GREENHOUSE":  63
Selective history is the biography of an idea--global warming--but also of people and inventions.

ACS NATIONAL AWARDS
2000 WINNERS:  71
Davidson, Dolbier, Duda, Evans, Fetters, Fréchet, Frisch, Gehrke, Hahn, Haw, Horwitz, and Hunt.

219th ACS NATIONAL MEETING
PRELIMINARY PROGRAM:  87
Listing of technical symposia; educational, social, and special events for San Francisco; registration and housing forms.

THE DEPARTMENTS

  5 EDITOR'S PAGE
  8 LETTERS

 60  SOFTWARE/ONLINE BRIEFS
 69  ACS COMMENT

 152 NEWSCRIPTS


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