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What is medicinal chemistry

Medicinal chemistry is a branch of chemistry concerned with the discovery, design, synthesis, and investigation of biologically active compounds and reactions that these compounds undergo in living things. Medicinal chemists work to design, study, and develop pharmaceutical drugs. In order to create new drugs, medicinal chemists must be able to draw upon various interdisciplinary subjectssuchasorganicchemistry,biochemistry, molecularbiology, physicalchemistry, andcomputational chemistry. Developing a new pharmaceutical drug requires alengthydevelopmentandresearch process.  Asidefromdesiredchemicalcompounds, chemistscanalsoinvestigatecertainplants, animals, and fungi to find the properties that they are seeking.

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