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Published on Mar 19, 2012
In this presentation, selected molecules, events, and persons will be discussed to illustrate the connection between molecules and history. For example, European exploration of the Orient and the "New World" was largely driven by the desire for spices (e.g., piperine from black pepper, eugenol and isoeugenol from cloves and nutmeg, respectively). Continued demand for cotton (cellulose) and sugar (sucrose) helped promote the slave trade. Development of "The Pill" (norethindrone) helped spark (and continues to support) the women's liberation movement.