An intricate molecule with exciting anticancer properties that is found only in minute amounts in a few species of South Pacific sponges has for the first time been synthesized in the laboratory by UIC chemists. The 50-step, atom-by-atom assembly, reported in the Nov. 8 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, not only means that scientists will have greater quantities of the rare molecule to study but also points the way to the synthesis of variants that may be even more medicinally useful.
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