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Chemistry World

Derek Lowe

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

An opportunity ignored

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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

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Setting free the dark horses sometimes beats the most rational planning

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Making enough of a difference

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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

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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?

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What has rhetoric ever done for us, asks Philip Ball

Nobel prize medal

Does the Nobel prize still matter?

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

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A 3D periodic table?

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Molecular frameworks could offer whole new perspectives on our chemical world

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Molecules react to their environment

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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

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Clothing that is literally to die for

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

The great art forgery blunder

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

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