Hexacyclinol Showdown: The Biggest Non-Event at the ACS Meeting
By Bethany Halford
Like almost every other chemistry journalist and blogger at the ACS meeting, I spent Wednesday afternoon at the "Total Synthesis of Complex Molecules" symposium, or as I’d come to think of it: "The Hexacyclinol Showdown." You can read C&EN’s news story on hexacyclinol here.
The hexacyclinol debate may have been born in the literature, but it achieved soap opera status in the blogosphere. And when bloggers pointed out that the saga’s two main players—James J. La Clair of the Xenobe Research Institute and Scott Rychnovsky of the University of California, Irvine—both had papers in Wednesday’s session, they predicted La Clair would finally get some kind of comeuppance. UCI’s Iota Sigma Pi even started selling custom-made T-shirts for the event. There was no way I was going to miss it.