Why are secondary metabolites (natural products) biosynthesized?

@article{Williams1989WhyAS,
  title={Why are secondary metabolites (natural products) biosynthesized?},
  author={D. H. Williams and Martin J Stone and P R Hauck and Sarker Rahman},
  journal={Journal of natural products},
  year={1989},
  volume={52 6},
  pages={1189-208}
}
We adopt the definition of a natural product as a substance that has no known role in the internal economy of the producing organism. The literature abounds with conflicting views for the existence of such natural products. We propose that all such structures serve the producing organisms by improving their survival fitness. We argue that this conclusion is necessitated by the fact that natural products are normally complex structures, whose biosynthesis is programmed by many kilobases of DNA… CONTINUE READING

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