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"I'd compare patient advocacy to fuel. If you take fuel and refine it, it can add enormous power."
JONATHAN JACOBY, HEAD, RARE PROJECTp. 21

January 18, 2010

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Cover Story

Congressional Outlook

Climate change, chemical regulation reform will vie for Congress' attention. (pp. 10-15)

Science & Technology

A Systemic Look At Schizophrenia

Proteomic analysis of peripheral cells reveals aspects of psychiatric disorder. (p. 26)

ACS News

Marshall Nirenberg's Work Honored (Member Content)

Research deciphering the genetic code is the latest National Historic Chemical Landmark. (pp. 28-29)

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News Of The Week

Fresh Start For Pharma New Way To 'Fix' CO2 Dow At Detroit Auto Show Finding Green In Gold Amazing Droplets

Fresh Start For Pharma p. 5

Outlook: Despite challenges, drug firms were upbeat at the JPMorgan Healthcare meeting.

New Way To 'Fix' CO2 p. 6

Electrocatalysis: Process converts CO2 in air into the useful organic feedstock oxalate.

Questioned Deals In Europe p. 6

Pharmaceuticals: European commission seeks to vet settlements for payoffs to generic drugmakers.

Asia Risingp. 7

Science Indicators: China and other Asian nations strengthen their positions in research and engineering.

Dow At Detroit Auto Show p. 7

Firm showcases its lithium battery joint venture, other technologies.

Ratcheting Down On Ground-Level Ozone p. 8

EPA: Proposal would strengthen national air quality standard.

Clean Energy p. 8

Windfall: Chemical firms win recovery-act tax credits for new plants.

Finding Green In Gold p. 9

Materials: Precious metal in nanostructured form mediates oxidations selectively.

Chemotaxis p. 9

Acidic droplet solves maze.

Business

China's Venerable Vinyl Process pp. 18-19 (Member Content)

Replaced in most of the world, the calcium carbide route to PVC gains ground in China.

Gelest Pushes Ahead p. 20 (Member Content)

Organometallics specialist finds its niche just below the radar of much larger competitors.

The Patient Ascendant p. 21 (Member Content)

Insights: A new health care order is emerging, fueled by genetics and information.

Business Concentrates pp. 16-17 (Member Content)

  • Lonza Streamlines Manufacturing
  • Lonza is restructuring operations because of economic pressures and cost reductions at its pharmaceutical customers...
  • UOP Awarded Grant For Biofuel Plant
  • The Department of Energy has awarded a $25 million grant to Honeywell’s UOP unit to build a cellulosic biofuel demonstration facility...
  • Tessenderlo Gets New Chief Executive
  • Belgian specialty chemical maker Tessen­derlo has named Frank Coenen, 50, as CEO, effective on Jan. 15...
  • Chemical Engineer Sentenced To Prison
  • A federal judge has sentenced chemical engineer Ali Amirnazmi to four years in prison for violating U.S. trade sanctions against Iran...
  • Monsanto’s Soybeans Attract DOJ Attention
  • Monsanto says it is cooperating with a Department of Justice investigation of its soybean traits business...
  • Dow Agrosciences To Bolster Cassava
  • Dow AgroSciences and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will collaborate to improve the nutritional value and viral resistance of cassava...
  • Firms To Sequence Jatropha Genome
  • Plant science firm SG Biofuels has formed an alliance with biotechnology equipment company Life Technologies to sequence the jatropha shrub genome...
  • Cereplast Seeks Major Listing
  • Biobased plastics compounder Cereplast is seeking to list its stock on a major exchange, such as the American Stock Exchange or NASDAQ...
  • Charles River Closes Preclinical Facility
  • Charles River Laboratories will close its preclinical services facility in Shrewsbury, Mass., eliminating 300 jobs...
  • Evotec To Research Huntington’s Disease
  • Evotec and the nonprofit CHDI Foundation have extended a collaboration aimed at finding treatments for Huntington’s disease...
  • Pharma Firms Make Payouts
  • GlaxoSmithKline has exercised an option with ChemoCentryx to license Traficet-EN, a small-molecule CCR9 chemokine receptor antagonist targeting inflammatory bowel diseases...
  • Galapagos Deals With Roche, TB Alliance
  • Galapagos, the Belgian biotech company, and Roche have signed a drug-development agreement to work on potential therapies for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...
  • Business Roundup
  • Lanzhou Petrochemical, Ferro Electronic Materials, DuPont and BASF, Minerals Technologies, Air Liquide and the oil company Total, DSM, MannKind Corp., Takasago Fine Chemicals, Life Technologies will acquire AcroMetrix, Pharmaron Holdings...

Awards

2010 ACS National Award Winners pp. 30-34 (Member Content)

Government & Policy

Trade Secrets p. 23 (Member Content)

Insights: Legitimate confidential business information must remain part of chemical control law.

Government & Policy Concentrates p. 22 (Member Content)

ACS News

Marshall Nirenberg's Work Honored pp. 28-29 (Member Content)

Research deciphering the genetic code is the latest National Historic Chemical Landmark.

Astellas USA Awardees Announced p. 29 (Member Content)

Undergraduate Organic Fellowships Available p. 29 (Member Content)

Seeking Graduate Students For New Organic Symposium p. 29 (Member Content)

Student Awards In Green Chemistry p. 29 (Member Content)

Journal Of Chemical Education Partners With ACS p. 29 (Member Content)

Chemistry Teacher Education Coalition p. 29 (Member Content)

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Science & Technology

A Systemic Look At Schizophrenia p. 26

Proteomic analysis of peripheral cells reveals aspects of psychiatric disorder.

Sex Therapy Lead From Bird Brains p. 27 (Member Content)

Reproductive hormone previously detected in birds, rats, and fish has now been found in humans.

Science & Technology Concentrates pp. 24-25 (Member Content)

Meetings

2010 C&EN Calendar Web Exclusive

C&EN's latest list of meetings and events of interest to those in the chemical community is for January through December.

Editor's Page

Congressional Outlook p. 3

C&EN's annual "Congressional Outlook," which surveys many of the important issues of interest to the chemistry enterprise that will (or will not) be addressed by Congress...

People

Obituaries pp. 35-36 (Member Content)

The Departments

Letters pp. 2, 4

Newscripts p. 40

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