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View Resource Sweet Success for a Bitter Tonic

After more than a century of trying, chemists have finally fully synthesized quinine, the compound known for its anti-malarial properties. The stumbling block in synthesizing quinine was in the "handedness" of its atoms (at several places, quinine's molecular framework can have either a left-handed or right-handed arrangement of atoms: identical except for being mirror images). This article about...

http://www.nature.com/news/1998/010419/full/news010419-1.htm...