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  • Making better medicines with a handful of chemical building blocks

    University of Illinois chemistry professor Martin Burke led a team that discovered a simple system to synthesize a large class of medically important molecules using only 12 different chemical "building blocks."

    University of Illinois chemistry professor Martin Burke led a team that discovered a simple system to synthesize a large class of medically important molecules using only 12 different chemical "building blocks."

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      University of Illinois chemistry professor Martin Burke led a team that discovered a simple system to synthesize a large class of medically important molecules using only 12 different chemical "building blocks."

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      Martin Burke explains how his research group breaks down complex chemicals into simple "building blocks," which could dramatically speed up drug development.

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  • To contact Martin Burke, call 217-244-8726; email mdburke@illinois.edu.

    The paper, “Synthesis of most polyene natural product motifs using just 12 building blocks and one coupling reaction,” is available online.