ALFRED PASIEKA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ALFRED PASIEKA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Melamine, molecular model. Computer artwork of a molecule of melamine, an organic base with a high nitrogen content. Melamine and formaldehyde are the main components of the plastic known as melamine resin, a durable thermosetting plastic. Melamine is also a good flame retardant as it releases nitrogen (a relatively inert molecule) when burned, which smothers the flames. The nitrogen-rich compound has been used illegally to increase a foods apparent protein content. In China the additive was found in baby milk in 2008 and is believed to be responsible for severe renal problems and kidney stones. Atoms are colour-coded: carbon (black), nitrogen (blue) and hydrogen (white).
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