A counterintuitive chemical reaction to simplify the production of biologically important compounds

The reaction simplifies the production of pharmaceutically important molecules called lactones and other complex compounds.

Arunita Banerjee

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I’m a behavioural biologist, currently pursuing my PhD, at IISER (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research), Kolkata, on behavioural patterns of free-ranging dogs. I study patterns in behaviour and link them to mathematical laws and patterns that hold on a wider scale, say for all animals or in all scenarios. Studying animal behaviour is exciting! But that’s not what I wish to restrict myself to. I’m more interested in conservation biology and would like to work in that field after my PhD, primarily as a science journalist. I enjoy occasional hikes and photography. I’m a regular trekker associated with the Youth Hostels Association of India. I’m also a music and art lover and an amateur artist. I have a certain knack for different kinds of craft work too.

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