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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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December 21, 2011

Chemistry, The Movie!

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For some comic relief, here's a list that was going around on Twitter: Chemistry, The Movie. What titles would you suggest? To give you the idea, some of the ones that have already come up include "Boron Free", "The Wizard of Osmium", and "The Bench Connection". More at the link (and on Twitter, #ChemistryTheMovie), if you can stand it. But if you can't take, for example, "Weekend at Swernie's", you'd be advised to click somewhere else (!)

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1. Vader on December 21, 2011 10:03 AM writes...

"Lord of the Rings" doesn't even need to be tweaked.

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2. canchem on December 21, 2011 10:19 AM writes...

Hoodfellas has to be my favourite of that list.

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3. Not rushed off my feet on December 21, 2011 10:41 AM writes...

Buchi Nights, Gunfight at the OK Corey and The Boc-y Horror Picture Show spring to mind, but I agree Hoodfellas works on many levels...

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4. Hap on December 21, 2011 10:47 AM writes...

Final Deprotection 1-5?

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5. marcello on December 21, 2011 10:54 AM writes...

"Breaking Bad" is out there already....
I congratulate previous entries. I always knew chemists were a creative bunch!

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6. MTK on December 21, 2011 11:17 AM writes...

In grad school my labmates and I came up with a movie we called "Top Beaker".

It's the story of a highly talented, but undisciplined, renegade chemist nicknamed Reflux working in one of the top total synthesis groups in the world. As good as Reflux is, however, he's carrying some personal baggage in the form of his father, a hotshot chemist himself who died in a fiery lab accident, causing him to be somewhat reckless.

Each day Reflux and his fellow students (folks like LC, COSY, and Pipette) get in the lab and try to do outdo each other in the highly competitive environment where egos are as big as the natural products. Reflux is continually on the edge ("Gutsiest reaction I ever saw, Reflux.") Of course there's the attractive female biochemistry assistant prof. that's part of the picture too.

OK, you get the picture and can fill in the other plot elements yourself. (Don't forget about the soundtrack though. "Take the Methyl Group Away" and "Highway to the Metastable Zone" could be big.)

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7. Molecule on December 21, 2011 11:38 AM writes...

Back to the Retro

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8. Bond on December 21, 2011 11:41 AM writes...

A romantic chemical tragedy,
┬┤The Breaking Bond...`

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9. Anonymous on December 21, 2011 11:43 AM writes...

The Boron Identity, Supremacy and Ultimatum

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10. Anonymous on December 21, 2011 11:45 AM writes...

The Boron Identity, Supremacy and Ultimatum
Flash Gordon
The Girl with the Argon Tattoo

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11. itinerant on December 21, 2011 11:55 AM writes...

Another one that needs no change, "Flash Gordon" starring the great Clark-my friends call me Gable-Still

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12. provocateur on December 21, 2011 11:56 AM writes...

solution impossible

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13. provocateur on December 21, 2011 11:57 AM writes...

solution impossible

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14. itinerant on December 21, 2011 11:57 AM writes...

Let's not forget the recent Tin Tin

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15. DC on December 21, 2011 12:03 PM writes...

In the spirit of increased lipophilicity trends and the continued CETP inhibitors saga, how about....."Grease"

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16. pete on December 21, 2011 12:54 PM writes...

"Raging Butyl"
"Citizen (Al) Kane"
"Murder on the Trans Uranium Express"
"One Day in the Life of Vladimir Markovnikov"
"Fast Times at Lithium High"

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17. A Nonny Mouse on December 21, 2011 12:54 PM writes...

Agent Triple Bond (license to spill) starring in such classics as "Cold Finger", "Dr No-Postdoc" and "Carbon Allotropes are Forever".

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18. jackson on December 21, 2011 1:22 PM writes...

If you try to watch the "movie" on the site where the list is, be aware that you will be downloanding a "fake app attack adware downloader" from the site.

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19. Fred on December 21, 2011 2:22 PM writes...

Xenon, Warrior Princess.

From the Rare Earth to the Moon

A Clock Reaction Orange

Mourning Becomes Electrolysis

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20. anon on December 21, 2011 2:41 PM writes...

"Broke-flask Mountain"

"Parr Wars: The Revenge of the Sieves"

"Belle Epoxide"

"The China Syndrome" (no tweaking needed"

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21. Mutant Dragon on December 21, 2011 3:39 PM writes...

I'm likin' "Hoodfellas" -- just classic!

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22. Ortep on December 21, 2011 3:56 PM writes...

The Fast and the Furanious

Huckeltheory Finn

Djerassic Park

Carbon the Barbarian

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23. Hap on December 21, 2011 4:06 PM writes...

The Taking of Phys Chem 1,2,3 (probably a comedy)
What To Do at the Denver ACS When You're Dead

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24. anon on December 21, 2011 4:32 PM writes...

A Tale of Two Moieties

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25. anon on December 21, 2011 5:12 PM writes...

A Tale of Two Moieties

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26. Hartwig on December 21, 2011 5:49 PM writes...

The trifluoromethylator

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27. Barnowl on December 21, 2011 5:56 PM writes...

Baran Returns
Baran Forever
Baran Begins

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28. Anonymous on December 21, 2011 6:45 PM writes...

A Bridgehead too far

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29. sublimed on December 21, 2011 7:04 PM writes...

Lawrencium of Arabia

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30. Danishef on December 21, 2011 8:48 PM writes...

I Am Sam

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31. Anonymous BMS Researcher on December 21, 2011 9:00 PM writes...

Indiana Jones and the Crystal Structure

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32. daen on December 21, 2011 9:36 PM writes...

Pretty in Zinc
Lost in Titration

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33. biku on December 21, 2011 9:38 PM writes...

Solution Impossible

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34. pete on December 21, 2011 9:55 PM writes...

"Gone With The Rotovap"
"Ferris Buchner's Day of Funnel"

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35. Gontraf on December 21, 2011 11:18 PM writes...

Clockwork Indigo

March Attack (6th Ed.)

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36. WB on December 22, 2011 12:32 AM writes...

Statin-grad

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37. dearieme on December 22, 2011 5:40 AM writes...

The Cruel C.

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38. Lactone Man on December 22, 2011 6:12 AM writes...

Dr Nitrous Oxide
The creature from the black lactone
Me myself and fullerene
Lawrencium of arabinose
Anion Hall/Annie Halogen
A street carbon named desire
Taxol driver
M*e*S*H*
Synthesis in seattle
Bugsy Malone pair of electrons
The quiet mannose
Cation on a hot tin roof
The lion the witch and the glovebox

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39. NS 29 on December 22, 2011 8:42 AM writes...

GATTACA

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40. qetzal on December 22, 2011 9:49 AM writes...

Schindler's Wisp?

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41. Josh on December 22, 2011 10:54 AM writes...

Americium Pie
Raiders of the Lost Quark
V for Vanadium
Night of the Living DEAD
The English Patent
The Maltose Falcon
Requiem for a Drammamine

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42. Anonymous on December 22, 2011 11:31 AM writes...

Entropy at the Gates
Taurine, Taurine, Taurine!
Revenge of the Cis-
U-238 (needs no tweaking.)


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43. Anonymous on December 22, 2011 11:44 AM writes...

"Romancing the Off-shoring"?

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44. Anonymous on December 22, 2011 11:47 AM writes...

"Romancing the Off-shoring"?

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45. Sili on December 22, 2011 1:11 PM writes...

The Story of O

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46. Curious Wavefunction on December 22, 2011 2:42 PM writes...

Stir Wars: The Lactam Menace
Elution Impossible
This Is Chiral Tap
Stench of Soman
Catalyze This
Catalyze That
The Quiet Americium
When Harry Met Salicylaldehyde
Quench Me If You Can
Grease...


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47. KillBill on December 22, 2011 6:01 PM writes...

MacMillan and Wife.

Oh, wait...Never mind

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48. Baltic on December 22, 2011 7:05 PM writes...

The Shawshank Reduction
Ferrous Gump
The Silanes of the Lambs
Saving Private Ion
Million Molar Baby

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49. Taffy on December 23, 2011 11:24 PM writes...

Buckyball!

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50. Taffy on December 23, 2011 11:30 PM writes...

Starring Brad PittCon

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51. MEL on January 2, 2012 4:05 PM writes...

The 39 Steps??

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