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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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September 16, 2011

Day Off (In the U.K.)

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Posted by Derek

I'll be wandering around London today - the med-chem part of my trip has finished up, and I'm taking a little time off before flying back to Boston later this weekend. I've already done some stereotypical London things (spending some quality time in the British Museum and having some very good Indian food), and will no doubt do others. Blogging (and the march of science) resumes on Monday!

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1. Anonymous on September 16, 2011 5:51 AM writes...

This weekend is London openhouse ( Tonnes of buildings normally closed to the public -- bank of england, etc etc -- are free for entry. Def worth checking out if you are in town. Enjoy the (rare) sun.

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2. anchor on September 16, 2011 5:54 AM writes...

Derek : rest of the agenda for your UK trip :

1. Did you try London's "Fish N Chips?"
2. You should also visit the famous primitive priso
3. Gordon Museum (close to King's college)
4. Harrods, and ...

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3. Anonymous on September 16, 2011 6:49 AM writes...

Derek, I hope you headed to Brick Lane for your Indian, and bartered a good deal!

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4. Ed on September 16, 2011 6:56 AM writes...

I'd recommend the Sir John Soame Museum. Tube stop Holborn, also convenient for Covent Garden (gifts for the missus). It is full of interesting bits and bobs!

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5. Anonymous on September 16, 2011 8:02 AM writes...

Harrods if only to find the golden AK-47 lampshade! If only I had a spare £3500

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6. Jim Sharman on September 16, 2011 8:35 AM writes...

Camden Market! Also visit the Thanh Binh restaurant near the bridge by the lock - vietnamese cuisine - best ever.

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7. Calvin on September 16, 2011 8:42 AM writes...

You are a scientist who works in medical related field. So the Wellcome Collection is a must. Euston Road. Free.

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8. toxchick on September 16, 2011 8:54 AM writes...

Enjoy! Definitely check out the museum of science, one of the best I've ever seen, and includes the models Watson & Crick used to work out the structure of DNA.

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9. patentgeek on September 16, 2011 10:07 AM writes...

If you're rambling down Fleet Street, a pint of Director's Bitters in the gloom of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is pleasant. Tipperary on Fleet is even older, having survived the 1666 fire.

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10. Chrispy on September 16, 2011 4:49 PM writes...

Check out the British Library -- really -- they have an awesome collection of very rare books, including the last journal of Captain R.F. Scott on his doomed Antarctic expedition.

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11. Jose on September 16, 2011 11:34 PM writes...

Don't forget to visit the John Snow pub:

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12. Nick K on September 17, 2011 5:18 AM writes...

Beware Indian food - addictive and extremely calorific! The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum in South Kensington are unmissable.

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13. Anonymous BMS Researcher on September 17, 2011 3:49 PM writes...

Derek, hope you had a good day doing the tourist bit in London.

Here's a little item I happened to run across elsewhere on the web -- yet another claim of medical benefits from something whose purported mechanism sounds very dubious to me:

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