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A tale of two compounds

Two constitutional isomers with exceptionally similar structures have had very different impacts in chemistry and beyond. With this example, Bruce Gibb highlights just how difficult it is to predict how much a particular compound or piece of chemical research will contribute to society, especially in the short term.

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Figure 1: The number of Scifinder 'hits' for compounds 1 and 2.

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Gibb, B. A tale of two compounds. Nature Chem 3, 749–750 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchem.1152

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