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Sep 15

From Natural Product to Pharmaceutical.


In a recent discussion (Nicolau), about the suggested move of Prof. NicoIau from Scripps, the issue of the practicality of natural product total synthesis was raised. Here is a wonderful example of just that very usefulness, a wonderful piece of science extending over many years. It concerns the journey from Halichondrin B to Eribulin (E7389) …

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Jul 18

Emergent Complexity: The Fourth Law of Thermodynamics?


The transfer of energy dictates everything on earth from the movement of atoms to the global economy. In high school/first-year chemistry we learn that the rules governing the movement of energy are simply defined by three laws of thermodynamics (four if you count the zeroth law). Yet, this simplicity can be misleading –  as demonstrated …

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