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October 10, 2018
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Should I take my experiment undercover?
It happens: Sometimes you disagree with your adviser on the direction of a project. C&EN columnist Chemjobber examines your options.
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PHARMACEUTICALS
Hot and getting hotter: Epitranscriptomics.
Gotham launched with $54 million to pursue RNA modifiers today, making the New York City-based biotech firm the latest player in the nascent field of epitranscriptomics. Gotham and its brethren hope to treat disease by harnessing the complex set of modifications that control the actions of our RNA.
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GREENHOUSE GASES
This is our last chance to curb climate change.
That was the warning delivered by a key international science panel this week. Successful intervention would require, however, "rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society."
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SAFETY
U.S. bans 7 synthetic food flavorings.
FDA made the move in response to evidence that benzophenone, ethyl acrylate, eugenyl methyl ether, myrcene, pulegone, and pyridine can cause cancer in animals.
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
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SPEAKING OF CHEMISTRY
Don't work harder. Work smarter.
Learn how this year's #ChemNobel laureates developed new and better ways to make drugs, fuels, and other products by biochemically enlisting nature to do the heavy lifting.
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IN OTHER NEWS
AWARDS
Meet the chemical scientists among this year's MacArthur Fellows.
Analytical chemist Livia S. Eberlin, biophysical engineer Clifford Brangwynne, and neuroscientist Doris Tsao are among the genius grant recipients this year.
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MATERIALS
Oil extraction is inefficient. Nanotech could fix that.
Petroleum scientists are testing nanomaterials that can track oil stuck below ground and improve yields from wells.
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SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY
Roses are blue, violets are … wait, what?
Blue roses do not grow naturally, and centuries of trying have yet to create one that is unarguably blue. Bacterial genes now bring a true blue rose closer to reality.
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QUIZ
Chemistry of spiderwebs.
As Halloween approaches, test your knowledge of spider silks, both natural and synthetic.
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SKETCH CHEMISTRY
This is what Halloween is like for glassware.
Brendan's latest in our Sketch Chemistry collaboration. See more of his comics here.
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