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K. C. Nicolaou and Scott A. Snyder Chasing Molecules That Were Never There: Misassigned Natural Products and the Role of Chemical Synthesis in Modern Structure Elucidation Angewandte Chemie International Edition 44

Version of Record online: 1 FEB 2005 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.200460864

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It is a commonly held belief that the process of assigning structures to newly isolated natural products (see picture) is a relatively routine endeavor, one that offers little opportunity for adventure and does not require the art of chemical synthesis. This Review seeks to question the veracity of such a position and makes the case that there is plenty of room in the process of structural elucidation for intellectual challenge, chemical synthesis, and drama.

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