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diazapam-like alkyloid?

Una Smith una at cowpox.lanl.gov
Fri May 31 13:01:03 EST 2002

Seven-and-a-half foot Jesus <datapimp at four-twenty.com> wrote:
>   The term "alkyloid" is a wide encompassing term. It refers to any
>chemical --created by living nature -- that can be used in chemistry
>or that has an effect on the human body (depending upon whether you're
>a chemist or a biologist).

Nope.  Alkaloids (note spelling) are bases (molecules that are basic
as opposed to acid) that are organic (that is, contain carbon) and
also contain nitrogen.  They may be synthetic, but for the most part
they are obtained from plants, which produce a huge variety of them,
some of which cannot yet be synthesized in a cost-effective manner
(if at all).

Followups to alt.drugs.chemistry alone, please.

	Una Smith

Los Alamos National Laboratory, MS K-710, Los Alamos, NM  87545

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