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September 5, 2016 Issue

Volume 94, Issue 35
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September 5, 2016 Issue, Vol. 94 | Iss. 35
Finding a new antibiotic is hard enough. Throw in regulatory and business obstacles and the job can seem impossible.
By Ann M. Thayer
(pp. 36-43)
Features
Career & Employment
Salaries and unemployment rate haven't improved for chemists just out of college (pp. 22-23)
Education
X-ray diffraction, once thought to be too expensive and complicated for undergraduates, is finally getting a spot in the chemistry curriculum  (pp. 25-26)
Back Issues
 

News of the Week

14-year effort culminates in reaction that activates methylenes

Technique uses metal insertion to derivatize methylene C–H bonds catalytically and enantioselectively
(p.7)

Ancient fossils in Greenland suggest evidence for microbial life from 3.7 billion years ago

Researchers discover conical formations they believe are stromatolites, a smoking gun for ancient life
(p.9)

Berkelium chemistry exposed

First single-crystal structure and other analysis reveal that berkelium combines properties of curium and californium
(p.9)

Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien dies at 64

Biochemist advanced the use of green fluorescent protein as a ubiquitous biological marker
(p.10)

Resizing the chemical elements

Researchers systematically recalculate the atomic and ionic radii of elements 1 to 96
(p.10)

Liquid alkali metal alloy floats on water rather than explodes

Material makes colorful transformation into alkali metal hydroxide
(p.11)

Organometallic reaction catalyzed in living cells

Artificial enzyme with organometallic active site catalyzes a nonnatural reaction, olefin metathesis, in bacteria
(p.11)

No bounceback for biotech in 2016

Stocks, public offerings, venture capital, and M&A on the skids
(p.14)

Zika is boon to device makers

Blood tests and purification methods ramp up as FDA recommends U.S.-wide screening
(p.14)

DuPont pension changes rattle ex-employees

Already nervous about coming merger with Dow, retirees are suspicious of a buyout offer
(p.15)

U. of Minnesota sues Gilead

School says drugmaker’s hepatitis C compound sofosbuvir infringes its patent
(p.16)

Explosion at Airgas facility in Florida kills one worker

Chemical Safety Board and Occupational Safety & Health Administration are investigating the incident
(p.20)

Perfluorinated chemicals found in alligators, crocodiles

Results can point researchers to water pollution hot spots
(p.20)
 

Departments

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Business

After selling Dionex and Affymetrix to Thermo Fisher, Witney talks about what it takes to build a successful scientific instrument firm
(pp. 28-29)
Two chemist founders seek to repeat their success with Flexus
Instrument company’s latest gas chromatograph emphasizes ease of use rather than firepower
(pp. 30-31)
Finding a new antibiotic is hard enough. Throw in regulatory and business obstacles and the job can seem impossible.
(pp. 36-43)

ACS News

(p.56)
Snapshots from the American Chemical Society national meeting
(pp. 54-55)
Divisions issue calls for papers for the April 2–6 meeting in San Francisco
(p.46)

Education

X-ray diffraction, once thought to be too expensive and complicated for undergraduates, is finally getting a spot in the chemistry curriculum
(pp. 25-26)

Career & Employment

Networking helped this industrial chemist transition into a career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
(p.34)
Salaries and unemployment rate haven't improved for chemists just out of college
(pp. 22-23)