How Many Genes Does It Take To Make A Single Opium Molecule?

Monday, June 4, 2012 - 21:10 in Physics & Chemistry

Unlike the alkaloids morphine and codeine, which are also found in the opium poppy, noscapine is not an addictive analgesic. A close look at its structure reveals why: although a tertiary nitrogen is present, the molecule contains no quaternary carbon (a carbon attached to four carbons) and its associated stereochemistry.  read more

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