Volume 92 Issue 20 | p. 30 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 19, 2014

Alkaloid Puzzle Resolved

Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Organic SCENE
Keywords: organic synthesis, total synthesis, biosynthesis, computational chemistry

Chemists have yet to learn all of the molecule-making tactics of the family of fungi that produces penicillin. And as a research report shows, collaborative efforts to further unravel fungal biosynthetic pathways can help scientists find new antibacterial and antitumor agents (Nature 2014, DOI: 10.1038/nature13273). Richmond Sarpong and his group at the University of California, Berkeley, had run into a fungal alkaloid . . .

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