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Chlorine lends a helping hand

The development of synthetic routes to unusual and complex molecules frequently leads to surprising lessons about chemical reactivity. The first synthesis of a marine toxin provides just such a lesson.

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Figure 1: Synthesis of a marine toxin involving an unexpected reaction.

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Bedke, D., Vanderwal, C. Chlorine lends a helping hand. Nature 457, 548–549 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/457548a

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