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  • Golden Ages Are Where You Find Them

    Remember Pfizer’s “golden age of drug discovery”, the one that it was entering back in April? News comes now that Martin Mackay, the company exec who gave Bloomberg News that quote, has left for AstraZeneca. Mackay had been head of Pfizer’s research for the last three years, and will be head of R&D in his… Read More
  • Rating The Chemical Offerings

    I’m working on breaking out the “Rate The Chemical Supplier” posts into a separate area for reference. But here’s another interesting contribution in that area. This paper looks at several of the big compound-library suppliers, and evaluates their collections based on compound uniqueness, physical properties, etc. The take-h… Read More
  • Random Questions

    Not much time for a post this morning, so I’ll throw out a few questions for the readership. Feel free to answer any, all, or none: 1. Does it bother you, or by contrast make you a bit proud, when you tell someone that you’re a chemist and (as happens in about seven out of… Read More
  • Brief Items: Chem Wiki, Autism/Vaccines, Solar Cells

    Kyle Finchsigmate of The Chem Blog is starting a wiki site for chemistry lab techniques – have a look here. Here’s an excellent overview of the vaccine/autism stuggles, from PLoS Biology. The take-home message: a lot of people in the general public care about a compelling narrative, and many of them don’t give a dirty… Read More
  • Deuterated Drugs: A Side Effect Already?

    Well, this isn’t a toxicological side effect so much as an analytical chemistry one. Nature reports that forensic scientists are quite worried about the idea of deuterated drugs catching on, because they use deuterated versions of common pharmaceuticals as analytical reference standards. A lot of common analysis methods for the drugs in quest… Read More
  • Sheesh

    Readers may have seen the recent sting operation on Coast IRB, an institutional review board company that’s in the business of monitoring clinical trials. They signed off on a trial of a nonexistent product from a bogus company, which doesn’t make them look very good, to put it mildly. Admittedly, they probably weren’t expecting t… Read More
  • Kevin Trudeau: A Bit of Good News

    I thought, given all the recent news, that everyone could use a story that would bring a smile to their faces, so here we go: Kevin Trudeau, the infomercial king who makes his living slandering drug research and feeding conspiracy theories about diet and health, has been fined $5 million dollars over the marketing of… Read More
  • Crowded Proteins

    As Arthur Kornberg never tired of pointing out, cells are gels. It’s too easy for biologists and chemists to imagine cells as sort of like liquid-filled plastic bags – and while that’s an OK picture as far as it goes, it tends to make you picture the cytoplasm as a lot more dilute than it… Read More
  • Fifteen Minutes Shot

    If today’s post didn’t waste enough of your time, here’s another way to carve something out of the economy: name all the elements, in any order but correctly spelled, in fifteen minutes. I scored a 97 – forgot some of the more recently-named transition metals, and I didn’t even bother with the placeholder names for… Read More