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ACS News Service Weekly PressPac -- Dec. 13, 2006

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ACS NEWS SERVICE
Weekly PressPac December 13, 2006
ALL CONTENT IS FOR IMMEDIATE USE EXCEPT ARTICLE #5 (EMBARGOED FOR 9 A.M., EASTERN TIME, DEC. 18, 2006)


In This Edition:

  • Gene silencing technology yields a better French fry potato

  • New proteins detected on silicone breast implants

  • A delayed takeoff for new passenger cabin air purification technology

  • Steering toward the much-discussed lab-on-a-chip

  • Top Chemistry Discoveries of 2006

  • Journalists' Resources: ACS Evergreens Holiday Story Ideas

  • Mark Your Calendars: Chemistry's expanding role in cancer research


ARTICLE #1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gene silencing technology yields a better French fry potato
Journal of Agricultural and Food Technology

If Russet Ranger were a kid rather than a potato, it might be eyeing top potato Russet Burbank and singing the last refrain in the one-potato, two-potato handclapping rhyme: "Icha bacha, soda cracker, out goes Y-O-U!" For Russet Burbank's long reign as top potato for French fry production in the United States may be in jeopardy after scientists have muted the genes that left Russet Ranger undesirable for French fries.

Caius M. Rommens and colleagues in Idaho describe their successful modification of Russet Ranger without inserting any foreign DNA into the plant's genome in a report scheduled for the Jan. 10 issue of ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication. They explain that Russet Burbank has been the preferred variety for French fry production mainly because of its excellent storage characteristics. Russet Ranger grows better with higher yie
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Contact: Michael Woods
m_woods@acs.org
202-872-4400
American Chemical Society
18-Dec-2006


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