TABLE OF CONTENTS
March 20, 2000
Volume 78, Number 12
CENEAR 78 12 p. 3
ISSN 0009-2347

Quote of the Week

"Monsanto had made the decision to pursue a life sciences strategy, and the chemical businesses were basically the ATM to do that."
John C. Hunter III, CEO and chairman, Solutia

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NEWS OF THE WEEK

C-H ACTIVATION I:   9
Organometallic catalyst functionalizes alkanes thermally.

C-H ACTIVATION II: 9
Off-the-shelf palladium catalyst adds aromatic bonds to alkynes.

ROILING BIOTECH STOCKS: 10
U.S.-British communiqué on need for free access to raw human genome data has unforeseen consequences.

NON-H2 FUEL CELLS: 11
New electrode material allows use of hydrocarbon energy sources.

NOT-SO-PUBLIC MEETINGS: 12
Some federal advisory subcommittee meetings might be closed and unannounced under new policy.

BASF GOES AG BIOTECH: 12
Company plans to invest some $700 million over 10 years to become a leader in the field.

BUSINESS

BUSINESS CONCENTRATES: 13

COVER STORY
HAIR CARE PRODUCTS: 15
Ingredient providers use acquisitions to expand product lines and keep pace with latest trends and styles.

SOLUTIA: 27
Resculptured specialties firm sets plan to nearly double revenues in three to four years.

GOVERNMENT & POLICY

GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES:  31

BENCHMARKING RESEARCH: 33
Evaluations raise concern about math, materials science and engineering in the U.S.

DIOXINS AT THE FORE: 35
Controlling dioxins and furans is the major issue in talks for a treaty on persistent organic pollutants.

GOVERNMENT INSIGHTS:   38
Six-year term limits for committee chairs are causing problems for House Republicans.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES:  41

PROTEASOME'S PROGRESS: 43
Scientists devise new mechanistic model, find selective inhibitor, and test drugs targeted to key protein-degrading complex.

GREEN CATALYST: 48
Palladium complex works with air to oxidize alcohols in water.

ACS NEWS
CAPITOL CHEMISTRY: 49
ACS's government fellowship programs bring good science to Capitol Hill.

THE DEPARTMENTS

     5 EDITOR'S PAGE

     6 LETTERS

   47 NEW PRODUCTS

   51 AWARDS

   53 PEOPLE

   72 NEWSCRIPTS


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