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Nat Prod Rep. 2003 Aug;20(4):382-91.

Natural products--a simple model to explain chemical diversity.

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Department of Biology, University of York, UK.

Abstract

A simple evolutionary model is presented which explains why organisms produce so many natural products, why so many have low biological activity, why enzymes involved in natural product synthesis have the properties they do and why natural product metabolism is shaped as it is.

PMID:
12964834
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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