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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: derekb.lowe@gmail.com Twitter: Dereklowe

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October 31, 2011

A Note About Identity Spoofing

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Posted by Derek

Over the weekend, it became clear to me that there had been a case of identity spoofing in the comments to this post. A person had left comments while claiming to be a Merck HR employee, but this same Merck employee contacted me, in understandable confusion, when colleagues asked him about this. That's because he'd never posted anything here at all.

I'd wondered at the time about what was going on - neither of the comments were posted from a Merck IP address, but that wasn't necessarily surprising either way. But hearing from the person himself, most definitely from Merck this time, made up my mind very quickly.

There have been occasional games played around here in the comments section, and most of it's harmless. I'll let jokes through that claim to be from various Nobel Prize candidates - that's just the Internet doing one of the things it's good at. But deliberate assumption of identity like this is another thing altogether. The original comments have been deleted, and the responses to them are now "inoperative", as they used to say in Nixon's day.

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1. Barack Obama on October 31, 2011 10:36 AM writes...

I simply cannot condone this kind of offensive, malicious identity theft. How about you, Prof Nicolau?

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2. Derek Lowe on October 31, 2011 10:50 AM writes...

I sort of expected that! But Barack's job is not on the line because of "his" comments on my blog. Or at least I assume so. Over to R. B. Woodward and Emil Fischer for their take.

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3. coprolite on October 31, 2011 10:51 AM writes...

I really am a piece of crap.

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4. KC Nicolau on October 31, 2011 10:59 AM writes...

I'm still bitter you won a Nobel Prize before me...

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5. jimwatson on October 31, 2011 11:02 AM writes...

I'll bet he was fat too.

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6. God on October 31, 2011 11:06 AM writes...

That's nothing, people have been pretending that I've told them to do things for hundreds of years now.

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7. Abraham Lincoln on October 31, 2011 11:38 AM writes...

I've said it before, I'll say it again: you can't believe everything you see on the internet.

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8. Al Gore on October 31, 2011 12:06 PM writes...

When I invented the internet I knew this was going to happen.

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9. Al Gore on October 31, 2011 12:08 PM writes...

When I invented the internet I knew this was going to happen.

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10. Vader on October 31, 2011 12:29 PM writes...

You think you're being treated ... unfairly?

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11. bad wolf on October 31, 2011 12:43 PM writes...

Look, i'm just a Dr. Who fan. Is that so wrong?

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12. John McCain on October 31, 2011 1:04 PM writes...

This discussion is good news for me.

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13. Lucifer on October 31, 2011 1:08 PM writes...

@ #6, God: 6. "That's nothing, people have been pretending that I've told them to do things for hundreds of years now."

Watch where you pint that finger, Mister Scape-goater. Just because you have a better press secretary...

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14. Dr Demento on October 31, 2011 1:24 PM writes...

I was thinking about making some Pfish Head Soup and offering to our Pharma leaders

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15. A cordova on October 31, 2011 2:16 PM writes...

I like to push the boundaries as far as possible, and then cross them.

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16. Mr. Rourke on October 31, 2011 2:34 PM writes...

Welcome to Fantasy Island!

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17. Derek Lowe on October 31, 2011 2:39 PM writes...

I'm moving to Cleveland.

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18. The real Derek Lowe on October 31, 2011 2:58 PM writes...

I'm Derek Lowe and so's my wife!

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19. Inigo Montoya on October 31, 2011 6:38 PM writes...

You keep using that word....

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20. nine on October 31, 2011 7:02 PM writes...

So how many of the above comments are the same person? I'm guessing "all of them".

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21. George Merck on October 31, 2011 9:04 PM writes...

I'm too busy spinning in my grave to leave a comment...

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22. Jeffrey Kindler on October 31, 2011 10:46 PM writes...

Good health is vital to all of us, and finding sustainable solutions to the most pressing health care challenges of our world cannot wait. That's why we at Pfizer are committed to applying science and our global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life. We strive to provide access to safe, effective and affordable medicines and related health care services to the people who need them.

We have a leading portfolio of products and medicines that support wellness and prevention, as well as treatment and cures for diseases across a broad range of therapeutic areas; and we have an industry-leading pipeline of promising new products that have the potential to challenge some of the most feared diseases of our time, like Alzheimer's disease and cancer.

To ensure we can continue to deliver on our commitments to the patients, customers and shareholders who rely on us, we are focused on improving the way we do business; on operating with transparency in everything we do; and on listening to the views of all of the people involved in health care decisions. Through working in partnership with everyone from patients to health care providers and managed care organizations to world governments and non-governmental organizations, our goal is to ensure that people everywhere have access to innovative treatments and quality health care.

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23. Spartacus on November 1, 2011 3:07 AM writes...

I'm Spartacus!

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24. THE Derek Lowe on November 1, 2011 7:45 AM writes...

No, I'm not moving to Cleveland. I'll retire from MLB. And better yet, I will enroll myself in a chemistry Ph.D program to realize my lifelong dream of becoming a mad (med?) chemist. The pay is good, right? No more worries about being traded. Those DHs in AL are nasty.

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25. Cadbury Moose on November 1, 2011 8:16 AM writes...

I'm just a chocolate moose.

3:O)>

(Hands box of cocoa-dusted truffles around.)

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26. Cadbury Moose on November 1, 2011 8:18 AM writes...

I'm just a chocolate moose.

3:O)>

(Hands box of cocoa-dusted truffles around.)

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27. Tony Montana on November 1, 2011 9:41 AM writes...

Big Pharma should say hello to my Little Friend.

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28. MedChem on November 1, 2011 10:03 AM writes...

Some of you guys are hilarious! I can defintely see some make a living as sit com writers.

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29. Anakin Skywalker on November 1, 2011 10:11 AM writes...

Hey Vader, I want to be you when I grow up.

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30. The Absolutely Really Honest-to-Goodness Actual Derek Lowe on November 1, 2011 10:38 AM writes...

I'm really Mary Poppins. And I am moving to Cleveland.

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31. Alan Partridge on November 1, 2011 1:17 PM writes...

I'm Alan Partridge. AHAAAAA!!

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32. Robert Bunsen on November 1, 2011 2:27 PM writes...

This post burns me up.

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33. Hap on November 1, 2011 3:59 PM writes...

17, 24, 31: I'm so sorry. I don't think 1995 is coming around again. Cleveland has some talent but is never going to pay to keep it (or will pay the wrong talent, unfortunately - Hafner, for example). At least real estate should be cheap.

I guess you should be glad you weren't traded to Pittsburgh (oops, well maybe not lately) or Kansas City (better barbeque, but there's not enough beer to drown the feelings of futility).

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34. Fezzik on November 1, 2011 5:52 PM writes...

Anybody want a peanut?

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35. The Dread Pirate Roberts on November 2, 2011 7:39 AM writes...

It's the name that counts.
Anyone for some Iocaine powder?

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36. Ron Burgundy on November 2, 2011 2:11 PM writes...

Stay classy, San Diego!

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37. O.K. This Time I Really Am Derek Lowe on November 2, 2011 3:40 PM writes...

Yeah, Cleveland.

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