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Scripps Research Team Wins Global Race to Achieve Landmark Synthesis of Perplexing Natural Product

January 7, 2010

chemistry graphic In 1993 researchers discovered a chemical compound in a sponge off Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, that has shown anticancer, antibacterial, and antifungal pharmaceutical promise. This compound, called Palau'amine, is so chemically complex that finding a way to produce it in the laboratory became the most hotly pursued synthetic chemistry goal in modern history.  Full Story

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