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ACS News Service Weekly PressPac -- Sept. 20, 2006

Here is the latest American Chemical Society (ACS) News Service Weekly press package (PressPac) with reports selected from 35 major peer-reviewed journals and Chemical & Engineering News.

In This Edition:

  • Chemistry defeats the "Godzilla of odors"

  • New insights into costly destruction of subsurface petroleum

  • Enhancing the healthful properties of silkworms

  • Keeping meat in the pink without carbon monoxide

  • New medications are battling substance abuse and addiction

  • Resources for Journalists: Press Conference Audio/Weblog

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Chemistry defeats the "Godzilla of odors"

Journal of the American Chemical Society

In the realm of real stinkers, a group of chemical compounds called isonitriles may have no rival. Renowned odor theorist Luca Turin once termed the isonitriles "the Godzilla of smells" and described them as the worst odor in the world. "You can't believe how awful they smell," Turin said. "They make you vomit your guts out instantly."

That offensive odor is a major reason why chemists have largely shunned the isonitriles as ingredients in important chemical reactions, even though the isonitriles have distinct advantages over other ingredients. In addition, existing recipes for making isonitriles require use of hazardous compounds.'"/>

Contact: Michael Woods
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American Chemical Society
25-Sep-2006


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