CAS - Molecule of the Week

Molecule of the Week
May 29, 2006

This molecule was originally selected on August 25, 2003

Regarding this week’s selected substance:

Formaldehyde emissions from wood paneling, carpets, and tobacco smoke cause respiratory irritation, and possibly cancer, in some individuals. Forest fires also produce formaldehyde, and trace amounts of formaldehyde are a normal byproduct of human food metabolism. In 1969, formaldehyde's microwave signature was detected in interstellar space.


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