Color on the Biological and Biochemical Front

  • Mary Virginia Orna
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)


One of the many things that the German dye companies excelled at was seeing the long-range and global picture and acting upon it. They went very large-scale on virtually every front, utilizing all the weapons that science and technology had to offer. They found that doing so enabled them to synthesize two important natural colorants, indigo and alizarin, thus eliminating the industry’s dependence on natural products and imports—the dye industry could now not only be self-sufficient, but could use the know-how generated in these key syntheses to make many other derivatives. In addition to setting up large laboratories that employed hundreds of chemists, they built libraries that had subscriptions to virtually every scholarly science journal in the Western world, they established dedicated bureaus to patent discoveries, and they virtually “wrote the book” on abstracting services by having these offices work around the clock and not only in the area of chemistry, but in every other domain that might afford them related knowledge—biology, the emerging area of biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, photography, and explosives.


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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryThe College of New RochelleNew RochelleUSA

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