Sunday, May 07, 2006

Bird Flu chemistry progress

Here is a nice report on E.J. Corey's improved synthesis of shikimic acid , a key intermediate in synthesis of Tamiflu, which is in short supply to prevent an outbreak of bird flu.

This is a good example of chemists focusing their attention on chemical solutions to real immediate problems, which is the spirit of what the UsefulChem project should strive to achieve and maintain.

Thanks to Sundar Babu for the link!

Update: here is a nice discussion of the synthetic strategy from In the Pipeline

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At 1:49 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

Let me start with the fact I think it is amazing that you are able to use chemistry to help save human lives. Approximately how long will it take to release the drug for the use of the general public?

 
At 2:31 PM, Blogger Jean-Claude Bradley said...

Elizabeth - if you are referring to Tamiflu, it is approved for human use. This post describes a new way to make the drug that might be cheaper. In order to limit the next fatal flu outbreak, some scientists think that having enough Tamiflu will be beneficial.

 

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