TABLE OF CONTENTS
March 6,2000
Volume 78, Number 10
CENEAR 78 10 p.3
ISSN 0009-2347
NEWS OF THE WEEK

HOMOGENEOUS CATALYSIS:   11
Two-catalyst system produces branched polyolefin from single feedstock.

GREENHOUSE GASES: 11
Two studies show that use of some plastic products curbs emissions.

CHEMIST TO HEAD PNNL: 12
Lura Powell slated to take over leadership of Pacific Northwest Lab on April 1.

HOW THE BOND BREAKS: 13
Enzyme that reduces N2O has butter- fly-shaped cluster of four Cu atoms at its catalytic core.

TAXOL PATENT CASE: 13
Federal judge invalidates several of Bristol-Myers' patent claims.

ASYMMETRIC SYNTHESIS: 14
Technique for optimizing ligand's achirality enhances enantioselectivity.

BRAIN RESEARCH: 14
MIT to receive $350 million gift to probe human learning.

BUSINESS

BUSINESS CONCENTRATES: 17

INFORMEX: 21
Fine chemicals exposition highlights trends in the chemical industry--this year, e-commerce was big.

DUPONT IN POLYESTER: 25
Wait is finally over for firm's new polymer technology base.

SODA ASH DREAM: 28
Entrepreneurial mining company American Soda plans to start production by end of the year.

KAINIC ACID: 31
Chemical for neuroscience research is in short supply, but two firms are trying to produce it.

BUSINESS INSIGHTS: 32
Does human capital belong on companies' balance sheets?

GOVERNMENT & POLICY

GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES:  33

PROTECTING FOOD: 35
Among FDA's major priorities is reducing the risks from food-borne pathogens.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES:  39

COVER STORY
ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE: 41
Specter of ineffective drugs prompts drug and biotech firms to seek new weapons to battle infections.

NAACP BOYCOTT: 58
ACS polymer workshop relocates in response to South Carolina Confederate flag issue.

PERKIN MEDALIST: 60
Norman Li honored for his invention of liquid membranes and innovations in facilitated-transport separations.

BOOKS

"THE BIOLOGY OF DOOM": 65
Provides well-written, factual basis from which to begin assessing the threat from biological weapons.

THE DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR'S PAGE

LETTERS

67 AWARDS  

67 MEETINGS   

88 NEWSCRIPTS


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