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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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December 24, 2012

A Christmas Break

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Posted by Derek

Blogging will be light and irregular around here until after the first of the year. I'll probably post a recipe or two, as I tend to during this season, but unless something gigantic happens in the science/chemistry/pharma world, I'll be taking a blogging break. I hope that everyone out there celebrating Christmas (or other such midwinter holidays) has an enjoyable time of it. I'm lounging around myself: making cookies, roasting a leg of lamb, wrapping presents, and wishing that the full moon didn't fall smack in the middle of the break so that I could get my telescope out. Although, come to think of it, it's supposed to cloud over and snow, which I guess is Christmas-y enough. See everyone in the new year!

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1. Anonymous on December 25, 2012 8:16 AM writes...

Happy Christmas, Derek!

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2. Nick K on December 25, 2012 10:47 PM writes...

Let's hope 2013 finally marks the end of the Great Pharma Recession!

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3. rowdy on December 26, 2012 3:34 PM writes...

happy holidays, and hope 2013 will give us more jobs

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4. dearieme on December 26, 2012 7:22 PM writes...

Your present this year, Derek, is two jokes from a recent FT review:

a 1910 cartoon from Punch magazine in which a boss berates his secretary for typing “income” as “incum”. “Good Heavens!” exclaims the secretary. “How did I come to leave out the ‘b’?”

And in 1750 Lord Chesterfield, the statesman, advising his son to brush up on his spelling, warned: “I know a man of quality, who never recovered the ridicule of having spelled ‘wholesome’ without the ‘w’.”

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5. petros on December 28, 2012 3:32 AM writes...

A belated Happy Christmas

Here in the UK we are able to enjoy the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures which this year are given by Peter Wothers "The modern alchemist"

The first two have provided the sort of spectacles that encouraged many f us to become chemists and he has commented on how chemists make drugs!

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6. Zemyla on December 29, 2012 11:19 PM writes...

I'm looking forward to your recipes. Unlike most of the stuff on this blog, I can do those at home.

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7. Stephen on December 30, 2012 5:48 PM writes...

Would you be so kind as to publish your roast lamb Org. Syn. prep style? Inquiring stomachs want to know.

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