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Derek Lowe The 2002 Model

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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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July 19, 2011

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Posted by Derek

Just wanted to let everyone know that I'm back, and back to blogging. As usual, I'm spending some of my morning working out again what it is that I do for a living - although, again as usual, many people have been coming by my office trying to remind me. And I'll be putting up a post at lunchtime.

But in the meantime, since I've been totally out of most any loop you could name, what have I missed in the last week? Anything interesting?

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1. Sili on July 19, 2011 10:27 AM writes...

But in the meantime, since I've been totally out of most any loop you could name, what have I missed in the last week? Anything interesting?
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2. rupert on July 19, 2011 10:56 AM writes...

Murdock hacked your phone!

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3. Rick on July 19, 2011 10:59 AM writes...

Not sure if it's fully blog-worthy, but Gina Kolata had an noteworthy piece in today's NYTimes Science Section apropos of your earlier post on the Duke Cancer test issue. (

David Brooks' editorial in last Friday's NYTimes on the relationship between the financial crisis and health care ( also struck me as relevant to some of the issues we discuss here.

And some jerk named Rupert is getting more press coverage than the financial crisis.

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4. Leyden Jar on July 19, 2011 11:54 AM writes...

Well, let's see. Your Semes/Sezen post has nearly caused a diplomatic confrontation with China, and outrage from several female chemists. Other than that, nothing much has gone on.

Maybe it is time to post a "Things I Won't Work With."

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5. Anonymous on July 19, 2011 12:22 PM writes...

NicVAX takes a faceplant...

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6. Sili on July 19, 2011 1:15 PM writes...

Oh. And apparently all the good chemistrybloggers are on CENtral Science.

Fight! Fight! Fight!

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7. Student on July 19, 2011 1:35 PM writes...

Nope, still too many chemists/biologists for the job market.

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8. Curious Wavefunction on July 19, 2011 1:36 PM writes...

You should check out the ongoing Sciencgeist-Chemjobber-Chembark round table

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9. MoMo on July 19, 2011 1:38 PM writes...

I am learning Mandarin re- Terry Liu's advice so I can move to China, the land of science milk and honey!

Adapt or die, dinosaurs!

Way nee how!

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10. Chemjobber on July 19, 2011 2:48 PM writes...

Thanks, Ash.

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11. David Kroll on July 19, 2011 4:40 PM writes...

Oh. And apparently all the good chemistrybloggers are on CENtral Science.

Fight! Fight! Fight!

Nahh. Derek has been here for nine years - no one could possibly recruit him anywhere else.

I actually sat net to Derek on a blog discussion panel at the ACS meeting in Boston last summer. That's the closest I'll ever get to blogging with him!

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12. gippgig on July 19, 2011 8:01 PM writes...

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13. Guo on July 19, 2011 11:44 PM writes...

I'm in Shanghai now and I'm not sure this is the land of science milk and honey. Competition is tough here and living expense is incredible high: think about you earn 1/6 salary of US and have to spend 500k to buy a small apartment, which is the price of a decent single house even in Boston area!

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15. Chemjobber on July 20, 2011 10:20 AM writes...

@ack (#14): That's pretty remarkable, especially this:

"Research into methods for laboratory synthesis of molecules that have been designed by computer simulation will shorten medical product development time. These methods will make the creation of these molecules more predictable. These technologies will also enable new drug discoveries to be brought to market faster with less variability; higher predictability of performance."

Um, no.

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16. Fishy Fish on July 20, 2011 1:42 PM writes...


Suggested topic - how to make best pulled pork sandwich including all details and "reagents"? Faked NMR data are accepted in this case.

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