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Organic chemistry

Synthetic lessons from nature

Most syntheses in organic chemistry target one molecule, or a few closely related analogues at most. But by taking a leaf from nature's book, the latest synthetic strategy opens the door to a whole family of compounds.

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Figure 1: Biological and biomimetic syntheses of terpenes.


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