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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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January 13, 2005

Samuel Johnson Was Right

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Posted by Derek

Not much blogging time tonight - I spent all day sitting in front of my computer, anyway, working on a manuscript for one of the chemistry journals. I find that writing blog entries is (usually) no problem, and writing things like my Contract Pharma column come fairly easily, too. But not scientific papers, that's for sure.

I think it's because there's not very much actual writing involved. The text of my article isn't much to look at - just a few paragraphs, really. But getting the figures and tables right, looking up all the data and resolving all the discrepencies - it's all finicky detail work. All the problems you uncover are probably about three years old, too, since that's the (youngest) vintage of stuff we can publish, and you can imagine how that helps resolve things quickly. The construction project can be enjoyable, but most of the time it's like building something with more parts than you're in the mood for.

But I'm going to get plenty of it this year, which isn't a bad thing. For various reasons, I have several pieces of work that have reached the, um, mature stage of publication-worthiness. I'd rather that they were reaching a sick patient in a Phase III trial somewhere, or better yet, a pharmacy shelf, but I'll have to settle for Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters.

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1. Gil Roth on January 14, 2005 7:02 AM writes...

Speaking of that Contract Pharma column, you think you can get me the new one by Jan. 27?

--yr. humble editor

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2. Jane Galt on January 14, 2005 7:38 AM writes...

Maybe it's just that "work" is harder to write than "hobby". I find writing articles for my job a painfully slow process, while blog entries, parodies, and an entire musical for my business school flow in rushing torrents from the tips of my fingers. Of course, I also have a finicky editor at work. ;-)

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