Alkaloid chemistry is a small part of chemistry, whose history began in 1805, when the first alkaloid was isolated. Since this time, there have been many famous achievements in research and product development. A host of excellent scientists have been working successfully in this field. Alkaloid chemistry has saved many millions of lives by producing the knowledge, on the bases of which alkaloid-based medicines have been developed against malaria and other diseases. Chemistry has not only investigated alkaloids, their structures and activity, but also developed methods for their modifications and structural manipulation. These methods are successfully used in both the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology.
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