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December 10, 2012
Why Did Pfizer Have All That Gold Dust, Anyway?
You've probably seen the story that a substantial quantity (roughly fifty pounds!) of gold dust seems to have gone missing from Pfizer's labs in St. Louis. No report I've seen has any details, though, on just what Pfizer was doing with that much gold dust - the company isn't saying. I can tell you that I've never found a laboratory use for it myself dang it all.
So let's speculate! Why would a drug company need gold dust on that scale? Buying it in that form makes you think that a large surface area might have been important, unless there was some gold refinery running Double Coupon Wednesday on the stuff. Making a proprietary catalyst? Starting material for functionalized gold nanoparticles? Solid support(s) for some biophysical assay? Classy replacement for Celite for those difficult filtrations? Your ideas are welcome in the comments. . .
Update: out of many good comments, my favorite so far is: "Knowing Pfizer, I'm guessing they were planning on turning it into lead."
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