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April 7, 2003
Volume 81, Number 14
CENEAR 81 14 p. 1

NEWS OF THE WEEK
HAZARDS OF BISPHENOL A
Lab accident reveals bisphenol A causes chromosomal abnormalities in mouse eggs.
MERGER CALLED OFF
Sumitomo Chemical and Mitsui Chemicals abandon merger plans; stock prices drop for both companies.
SARS IMPACT
Outbreak of respiratory disease in Asia hampers chemical business in the region.
REVEALING TECHNIQUE
NMR spectra of disordered solids are obtained through 2-D correlation technique.
COMBINATORIAL DISCOVERY
High-throughput screening leads to new class of catalysts for olefin polymerization.
PRION PATHOLOGY
Binding of normal prion protein to infectious protein offers insights into blocking disease.
PREBIOTIC AMMONIA
Mild lab synthesis shows how NH3 may have formed from N2 on primordial Earth.
COMBATING TERRORISM
Bush Administration is drafting legislation on chemical plant security.

COVER STORY
STARTING SALARY SURVEY
Results for median salary and employment status for newly graduated chemists in 2002 were mixed across degree levels.

BUSINESS
BUSINESS CONCENTRATES
DIVERSA
Company boosts its portfolio with partnerships, new enzyme products, and various development projects.
BIOTECH
Venture-capital investment in biotech start-ups drops for second year in a row.
CHINA
Industry hub brings chemical companies together for mutual benefit.
INSIGHTS
For a number of reasons, the chemical industry has avoided financial scandals like Enron's.

GOVERNMENT & POLICY
GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES
CHILDREN'S HEALTH
NIH conference focuses on environmental factors that may cause a wide range of problems in children.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY
SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES
SYNTHETIC TOOLBOX
Poster session provides milieu for displaying new reactions and reagents.
OIL CLEANUP
Symposium presents alternative measures for countering oil spill damage.
ION CHANNELS
Researchers elucidate mechanism of how cell membranes respond to osmotic pressure changes.

EDUCATION
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Master's program merges a background in science with an interest in business.

EMPLOYMENT
WOMEN IN INDUSTRY
Women chemists under 40 see a narrowing gender gap in pay and opportunity but still struggle with work/life balance.

ACS NEWS
SCENES FROM NEW ORLEANS
JAPANESE CHEMICAL SOCIETY TURNS 125

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ION CHANNELS

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