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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 29, 2010

Johnson May Have Been On to Something

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Posted by Derek

The crew at Angewandte Chemie has produced another head-shaking pun in one of their latest abstracts. Read only if (1) you know your 1980s music, and (2) you have a high tolerance for wordplay. When I was in Germany, this sort of joke was known as an "eiskalter" and was greeted with shivers.

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1. Bob in FWB, FL on January 29, 2010 12:30 PM writes...

Too many puns like that will have you walkin' like an Egyptian.

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2. Old Timer on January 29, 2010 12:34 PM writes...

When I was in graduate school, one of my labmates had a Mannich reaction right in the middle of his total synthesis. Sadly, whenever he'd be bring up more material, this very pun was thrown around often.

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3. PJ Hansen on January 29, 2010 12:54 PM writes...

Great! Now it's stuck in my head. Never thought your site would be the source of ear-worms.

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4. J-bone on January 29, 2010 1:21 PM writes...

Too many puns like that will have you walkin' like an Egyptian.

Or wishin' it was Sunday.

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5. RB Woodweird on January 29, 2010 1:50 PM writes...

My I-don't-have-to-run-a-reaction day.

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6. PharmaHeretic on January 29, 2010 2:01 PM writes...

Food for thought..
Pfizer trims drug pipeline after Wyeth merger
Wed, Jan 27 2010

* Pfizer cuts 100 drug-development projects
* Pulls Lyrica application as add-on anxiety drug
* Aims to sell, outlicense many discontinued assets

By Bill Berkrot and Ransdell Pierson

NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said on Wednesday it has cut more than 15 percent of its combined drug development programs following the recent merger with Wyeth and will no longer seek U.S. approval to sell pain drug Lyrica as an add-on treatment for anxiety.

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7. Sili on January 29, 2010 2:05 PM writes...

Cute. Even I got it.

If I ever get back in the lab, I think I want to some Mannich reactions with yellow products.

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8. martin on January 29, 2010 8:55 PM writes...

Do you like Pinacol-adas?

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9. Funny on January 29, 2010 9:34 PM writes...

Check this out!!!!!

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10. Dr Van Nostrand on February 1, 2010 8:36 AM writes...

Tell me why
I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why
I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why
I don’t like Mondays
I wanna shoo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oot the whole day down

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