• cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers;
  • DNA damage;
  • photochemistry;
  • pyrimidones;
  • triplet excited states

(6-4) DNA photoproducts as potential intrinsic DNA photosensitizers are discussed by V. Lhiaubet-Vallet, M. A. Miranda, et al. in their Communication on page 6476 ff. 5-Methyl-2-pyrimidone deoxyribonucleoside was shown to photosensitize the DNA damage, acting as a Trojan horse. This concept is illustrated using images of Valencia, taken from the Fallas Festival and the Science Museum.

Dichlorogermanium Oligomers

In their Communication on page 6390 ff., E. Rivard et al. describe a mild stepwise route to various linear and branched (GeCl2)x oligogermylenes supported by Lewis bases. The authors thank P. Lummis and E. Oesterreich, RGD, for their assistance with the design.

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Nanoparticle Surface

In their Communication on page 6459 ff., A. Fery, A. R. de Lera, L. F. Marsal, R. A. Alvarez-Puebla et al. describe a new micropatterning technique to create micropyramids out of gold nanoparticles. This surface serves as an excellent substrate for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

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The unique environment in the surroundings of hydrothermal vents in the deep ocean inspired S. Deguchi and N. Ifuku to develop a novel bottom-up emulsification process, described in their Communication on page 6409 ff.

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