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American Chemical Society's weekly PressPac -- Jan. 23, 2008

agriculture has been a mystery until now.

Tatsuro Hamada and Naoya Hatano used cutting-edge proteomic analysis to identify all of the components. They isolated and sequenced the proteins, then compared each with existing proteins to find structural matches. Hamada and Hatano detected seven proteins that exist mainly in the pitcher fluid of N. alata three of which can only be found in this species including useful enzymes that may inhibit bacterial growth and rotting as the plant slowly digests its prey. AD

ARTICLE #2 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Proteome Analysis of Pitcher Fluid of the Carnivorous Plant Nepenthes alata


CONTACT: Tatsuro Hamada, Ph.D.
Ishikawa Prefectural University
Ishikawa, Japan
Phone: 81-76-227-7507
Fax: 81-76-227-7557


Toward a cleaner, more effective method for destroying hormone-like pollutants in wastewater
Environmental Science & Technology

Researchers report effectiveness of a powerful, environmentally-friendly catalyst in destruction of various estrogens that currently escape complete removal in our wastewater treatment plants. Their study is scheduled for the Feb. 15 issue of ACS Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal.

In the new study, Nancy Shappell and colleagues explain that endocrine disruptors, both natural hormones and hormone-like compounds, have been detected in the surface waters. Many of these endocrine disruptors have estrogenic activity. Ethinylestradiol, for instance, is an active ingredient in both the birth control pill and the newly-introduced no period pill. It is a major source of environmental estrogenic activity.

To address this problem, the researc

Contact: Michael Woods
American Chemical Society

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