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Chemistry World

Derek Lowe

1017CW - In the Pipeline - $100 bill on the floor

An opportunity ignored


Dismissing ideas that were ‘not invented here’ is like walking past a $100 bill

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Make room for randomness in drug development


Setting free the dark horses sometimes beats the most rational planning

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Making enough of a difference


What if the needle in the drug development haystack ends up being too small to be useful?

Biotrail building in Rennes, France

Unpicking a clinical trial death


A new study shows up off-target effects of a drug that proved deadly, and highlights the pitfalls of drug discovery

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Philip Ball

Black and white smelly cheese illustration

Isn't it ironic?


What has rhetoric ever done for us, asks Philip Ball

Nobel prize medal

Does the Nobel prize still matter?


Outmoded, capricious and burdened with obligations – so why does everybody want one?

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A 3D periodic table?


Molecular frameworks could offer whole new perspectives on our chemical world

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Molecules react to their environment


Does adaptation lead to a molecular Darwinism?

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Trace analysis

Jason and Medea painting by John William Waterhouse

The murderers who dress to kill


Clothing that is literally to die for

Ancient Italy - Ovid Banished from Rome, J. M. W. Turner, 1838

The great art forgery blunder


Indian yellow is a pigment often used to spot fake art. But what if the reference standard was wrong?

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