Amine, an organic compound derived from ammonia. In an amine molecule, at least one of the hydrogen atoms of the ammonia molecule (NH3) is replaced by an organic radical (a group of atoms that acts as a single element). In a primary amine, one of the hydrogen atoms is replaced; in a secondary amine, two; and in a tertiary amine, all three. Most amines are poisonous, and are basic rather than acidic. The most important amine is aniline, from which dyes and other chemicals are produced.
Lance Armstrong, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire: The list of superstar athletes accused of -- or admitting to -- taking performance-enhancing drugs is almost as impressive as the number of sports that they compete in. And we're not just talking about steroids anymore.
Mass spectrometry enables the major league to sniff out athletes guilty of doping. It can also help us locate oil or design a killer perfume. Who says chemistry isn't cool?