July 10, 2017 Issue | Chemical & Engineering News
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July 10, 2017 Issue

Volume 95, Issue 28
July 10, 2017 Issue, Vol. 95 | Iss. 28
A group of researchers plan to synthesize the human genome from scratch. They face huge scientific hurdles—and public scrutiny
By Katherine Bourzac
(pp. 26-31)
Demand for key battery component is booming, but the business remains a difficult one (pp. 20-21)
Science & Technology
Author shares what he learned while writing ‘Caesar’s Last Breath’ (pp. 22-23)
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Science & Technology

A group of researchers plan to synthesize the human genome from scratch. They face huge scientific hurdles—and public scrutiny
(pp. 26-31)
Author shares what he learned while writing ‘Caesar’s Last Breath’
(pp. 22-23)
Values will contribute to defining basic units of measure through fundamental constants instead of using physical objects
Small molecule could attack bacterium by stabilizing key metabolic enzyme, a strategy that would be difficult for the bacterium to circumvent
Found in people with an autoimmune disease, the antibody could give researchers clues about delivering drugs to the brain
Three DNA sequences self-assemble to form an artificial cytoskeleton that shores up lipid membranes
Some SIDS cases could result from underlying problem in the neurotransmitter’s production and function
(pp. 10-11)
New method allows researchers to analyze gene expression in preserved tissue biopsy samples

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