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Designer Molecule Detects Tiny Amounts of Cyanide, Then Glows


October 21, 2009

cyanide detector A small molecule designed to detect cyanide in water samples works quickly, is easy to use and glows under ultraviolet or "black" light. Although the fluorescent molecule is not yet ready for the market, its creators at Indiana University Bloomington report in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (now online) that the tool is already able to sense cyanide below the toxicity threshold established by the World Health Organization. Full Story

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