9780199603022-0199603022-Nature's Chemicals: The Natural Products that Shaped Our World

Nature's Chemicals: The Natural Products that Shaped Our World

ISBN-13: 9780199603022
ISBN-10: 0199603022
Edition: 1
Author: Firn, Richard
Publication date: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 264 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780199603022
ISBN-10: 0199603022
Edition: 1
Author: Firn, Richard
Publication date: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 264 pages

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Acknowledged authors Firn, Richard wrote Nature's Chemicals: The Natural Products that Shaped Our World comprising 264 pages back in 2011. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0199603022 and 9780199603022. Since then Nature's Chemicals: The Natural Products that Shaped Our World textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Natural Products (NPs) is the term used to describe the hundreds of thousands of chemical compounds or substances that are continually produced by living organisms (plants and microbes). Hundreds of millions of tons of these chemicals are generated annually, and the trade in just a few of these has dominated human economic activity for thousands of years. Indeed the current world geopolitical map has been shaped by attempts to control the supply of a few of these compounds. Every day of our lives each human spends time and money trying to procure the NPs of their choice. However, despite their overwhelming influence on human culture, they remain poorly understood. Yet a knowledge of NPs can help in our search for new drugs, further the debate about GM manipulation, help us address environmental pollution, and enable a better understanding of drug trafficking. Nature's Chemicals is the first book to describe Natural Products (NPs) in an evolutionary context, distilling the few simple principles that govern the way in which organisms (including humans) have evolved to produce, cope with, or respond to NPs. It neatly synthesizes a widely dispersed literature and provides a general picture of NPs, encompassing evolution, history, ecology, and environmental issues (along with some deeper theory relevant to biochemistry), with the goal of enabling a wider section of the scientific community to fully appreciate the crucial importance of Natural Products to human culture and future survival.

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