Science: Cellulose Explained

Last week two women scientists explained how plants build the cellulose membranes that form cell walls, a process of vital interest to textile technologists. Unable to see how plants manufacture their cellulose, botanists have supposed for a long time that the membranes were laid down in particles too small to be seen under the microscope. Researchers could estimate the molecular weight of cellulose at something around 162. but they could not find the exact weight, or the melting point of the pure substance, or the molecular architecture.

Mrs. Wanda Kirkbridge Farr of the U....

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