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December 19, 2011 Issue

Volume 89, Issue 51
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December 19, 2011 Issue, Vol. 89 | Iss. 51
By Stephen K. Ritter
(pp. 13-16)
Features
Business
For chemical firms, 2011 was another year of recovery, but came with stiff challenges (pp. 24-28)
Government & Policy
Partisanship and infighting left little room this year for passing legislation (p.34)
Back Issues
 
The Best Chemistry of 2011
C&EN highlights the major research achievements of 2011
(pp. 13-16)
Molecular Machine’s Workings Visualized
Chemical labeling and microscopy technique demonstrates its power on the spliceosome
(p.14)
Nanomaterials In The Food Chain
As the tiny particles transfer to higher organisms in the food web, they increase in concentration, studies showed
(p.14)
New Spin On Stereocontrol
A molecular motor takes turns cranking out one enantiomer or another in an addition reaction
(p.14)
Biomarkers Wanted
The discovery of potential molecular diagnostic tools has been plagued with problems
(p.15)
Catching Z Olefins
New catalysts solve selectivity problem and generate less stable Z olefins, rather than E olefins
(p.15)
Picking Up The Pace Of Evolution
Phage-assisted continuous evolution churns out biomolecules in a fraction of the time of previous methods
(p.15)
A Plastic That Behaves Like Glass
Malleable material contains esters that swap positions in cross-links when the polymer is heated
(p.16)
Exotic Nucleic Acid Bases
Newly discovered genetic base modifications appear to play a variety of roles in biochemical processes
(p.16)
Signaling Sighted
First structure of a G protein-coupled receptor with its G protein solved
(p.16)
Biochemistry: Proteins Containing Unnatural Amino Acids
Scientists and biotech companies advance efforts to incorporate unnatural amino acids into proteins
(p.17)
Polymer Chemistry: Self-Healing Materials
Microcapsules in composites release monomer healing agent when damaged
(p.17)
Organic Solar Cells: Power From Plastic Photovoltaics
Polymer-based solar cells continue to show promise as low-cost electricity generators
(p.18)
Genomics: RNAi Adapted For Mammals
Biotech companies are now actively using RNA interference to develop drugs for viral infections, cancer, and other diseases
(p.19)
Nanotechnology: Carbon Nanotube Electronics
Novel processing and microfabrication led to first single-molecule logic gates for electronic devices
(p.19)
Molecular Electronics: Schön’s Fraud
The field of molecular electronics has moved on and thrived without the defrocked physicist
(p.20)
Publications: Genomics Papers Are Tops In Citations
Biochemistry was the leading discipline, and genomics the hottest topic
(p.20)
 

News of the Week

Industry To Slow In U.S. And Europe

Chemical Forecast: Bright spots are overshadowed by Europe’s debt crisis and U.S. housing market
(p.7)

A Nuclear Meltdown

Government: Sparks fly among NRC commissioners
(p.8)

Closing The Loop

Microbiology: Cyanobacteria do have a complete tricarboxylic acid cycle
(p.8)

Abbott's Big Gamble

Firm will pay $400 million for Reata Pharmaceutical's preclinical drug candidates
(p.9)

Path To A New Pact

Climate Change: Treaty would include all major greenhouse gas emitters, not just industrialized countries
(p.9)

DuPont Unveils Upbeat Forecast

Investor day: Firm aims for 12% annual earnings growth fueled by integration of Danisco
(p.10)

Promising Agents For Gene Delivery

Molecular Biology: Helical cationic peptides bring genes to cells efficiently
(p.10)

Ion Channel Blocks Acid Pain

Neuroscience: Gated protein renders naked mole rats insensitive to low pH
(p.11)

Rocky Road for Federal Budget

Politics: Partisan maneuvering in Congress threatens final 2012 spending bill
(p.11)
 

Departments

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Government & Policy

Partisanship and infighting left little room this year for passing legislation
(p.34)
New legislation could gain support from small generic drug firms
(pp. 32-33)
Report shows centuries of government support for fossil fuels, much less for renewable energy
(pp. 30-31)

Education

University of Maryland, College Park, shares the secrets of its newfound success at attracting and retaining black chemistry Ph.D. students
(pp. 41-42)
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Science & Technology

Incoming Scripps president discusses move to administration, challenges for research institute
(p.40)
Detector borrowed from high-energy physics makes it easy to create detailed images of tiny samples
(pp. 38-39)
(pp. 17-20)

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