EDITORIAL

Chemistry embraced by all

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Science  13 Mar 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6227, pp. 1179
DOI: 10.1126/science.aab0690

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Chemistry is the great enabler. For two centuries, it has played a key role in conquering diseases, solving energy problems, addressing environmental challenges, and providing discoveries that have spawned new industries. To meet the demands of the future, this mature science must expand into new frontiers, a move that will be facilitated if the public and policy-makers understand its pivotal role in every facet of life. Such support will not be forthcoming from those who associate chemistry with harm—intentional or not—to people and the biosphere. Addressing the disparity between those perceptions and the reality of chemistry's contributions to society will garner broader support for spurring innovations in the 21st century. How can chemistry ensure that it has this support?