S. E. Hulme and G. M. Whitesides introduce readers to the worm C. elegans in a Review. How is this simple organism a useful system for the examination of complex biological phenomena from a chemical perspective? In another review, F. Diederich et al. shed some light on the role of aromatic rings in chemical and biological recognition in a multidimensional approach. In a Minireview, N. Kugami and M. Shibasaki discuss direct catalytic asymmetric reactions under proton-transfer conditions. C. Friedrich and H. Remane look back on two-time Nobel laureate Marie Curie’s life in an Essay. The Highlights deal with carbon nanotube rubber (L. Dai) and inorganic materials with double-helix structures (D. S. Su).
In the Communications section, M. Fujita et al. report on the synthesis and growth of core-shell nanoparticles within self-assembled spheric templates. K. Suzuki et al. present an integrated strategy for the rapid assembly of catechin oligomers. Z.-X. Wang et al. describe a nickel-catalyzed cross-coupling of aryltrimethylammonium iodides with organozinc compounds. J. P. Deng succeeded in the helix-sense-selective polymerization of achiral substituted acetylenes in chiral micelles.
Issue 50/21 was assembled specially for the Angewandte Symposia in Tokyo and Beijing in June (online at ChemistryViews.org).