Natural products have long been of interest to the fields of chemistry, biology, and medicine, because of their immense molecular diversity, biological activities, and medicinal properties. Interdisciplinary studies have yielded further insights into the ecological significance, biological roles, and therapeutic potential of these important molecules.
Containing carefully selected reprints from the award-winning Wiley Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology as well as new contributions, this book features a collection of chapters on topics in natural products research. The chapters cover the diversity of natural products in plants, marine invertebrates, and microbes, the biosynthetic pathways of some major classes of natural products, and the role of natural products in drug discovery and medicine.
Written by prominent scholars, this book will be of interest to advanced students and researchers, both in academia and industry, entering the field of chemical biology or related fields such as biochemistry, medicine, and pharmaceutical sciences.