Research on fabrics and cancer-fighting foods featured at ACS meeting


Smart fabrics and cancer-fighting foods are just a few of the research topics that will be highlighted at the 56th Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, the worlds largest scientific society, in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Nov. 10-13. About 900 papers will be presented and 2,000 scientists from around the world are expected to attend the meeting at the Sheraton Imperial Conference Center. Highlights of the meeting include:

Smarter fabrics and materials could mean better health, more comfort, less cleaning Polymers that help heal spinal cord injuries, suits that never need cleaning, and brighter, more comfortable sports uniforms are some of the promising developments offered by materials research. These and other developments, including a presentation on genetically-engineered spider silk for use in ultra-strong fabrics, will be highlighted in a daylong symposium, New Developments in Textile Chemistry. (Saturday, Nov. 13, 8:10 5:00 p.m., Piedmont)

Cancer-fighting foods Tea, soy and red wine are among the growing number of popular foods found to contain disease-fighting chemicals, including some that may help prevent cancer. Research on these and other natural products will be examined in a special daylong symposium, Bioactivities of Phytochemicals: Health Promotion, Human Nutrition and Food Supply. The bottom-line: eat more fruits and vegetables. (Saturday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m., Empire D)

Nobel-prize winning chemist to deliver plenary lecture John B. Fenn, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in chemistry, will deliver the plenary lecture. His topic, Electrospray Wings for Molecular Elephants, will describe some of the historical developments related to his award-winning work in the area of electrospray ionization, a technique that revolutionized the f


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