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Quinine steps back in time

Chemists have long memories. The claim, dating back to 1918, that a crucial step in a synthesis of quinine had been carried out has been validated experimentally, closing a chapter in this fascinating story.

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Figure 1: Gin and tonics all round.
Figure 2: The formal synthesis of quinine.


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Ball, P. Quinine steps back in time. Nature 451, 1065–1066 (2008).

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