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Synthetic metabolism goes green

An extension of synthetic biology to a medicinal plant involves the transfer of chlorination equipment from bacteria. This exercise adds implements to the enzymatic toolbox for generating natural products. See Letter p.461

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Noel, J. Synthetic metabolism goes green. Nature 468, 380–381 (2010).

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