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Natural vs. Synthetic

  1. Jun 7, 2013 #1
    Hi there,

    First time posting in Chemistry, so go easy on me.

    I'm wondering if there's any fundamental difference between synthetic and naturally-occurring compounds. By "fundamental" I mean some physical/chemical difference besides the process in which they came to be.

    Related to this question: Can organic compounds (with carbon in them) be synthesized, or is that something only nature has figured out how to do?

    Thanks very much.
     
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  3. Jun 7, 2013 #2

    mfb

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    If they have the same chemical structure, there is no difference.
    They can, and this is done all the time in chemistry.
    Urea was the first in 1828.
     
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