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Derek Lowes commentary on drug discovery and the pharma industry. An editorially independent blog from the publishers of Science Translational Medicine.

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I wanted to mention something going on back behind the curtain here, namely that my employer and I have parted ways. A number of my other colleagues are going through similar experiences as things reorganize, but for my own part, I’m looking into several...
The Maternal Embryonic Leucine zipper Kinase (MELK) is definitely an interesting enzyme. It’s been implicated in a number of cancer cell lines, and it also has important roles inthe normal cell cycle, in embryogenesis, and other functions. It’s...
Robert Plenge has an excellent overview of the PCSK9 story up on his site; I recommend it. His take may sound different from mine at first, but I think we’re actually in agreement on a lot of important points. I said that “PCSK9 is about as compelling...

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When you screen a collection of compounds against a drug target, you have to be ready to deal with the fact that some fraction – and maybe it’s a large fraction – of the hit compounds are not really hits. They’re false positives of one...
The phrase “automatic chemical design” will generally get my attention, especially when it’s applied to drug-like molecules. And that’s one the the key parts of this paper, from researchers at Harvard, Toronto, and Cambridge. From what...
Pioneering chemist John D. (Jack) Roberts of Caltech has passed away, having made it to the age of 98 (!) When I wrote The Chemistry Book a couple of years ago, I was amazed to find that he was still alive, I have to confess, but if I’d done a literature...

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Deep learning (DL) is all the rage these days and this approach to predictive modeling is being applied to a wide variety of problems, including many in computational drug discovery. As a dilettante in the area of deep learning, I’ve been following papers...
The shocks just keep on coming. Monday brought news of University of Illinois computational chemist Klaus Schulten's demise. Schulten was a student of Martin Karplus who made great strides in using molecular dynamics to simulate the behavior of not just single...
A collection of small, useful things (links):Welcome to the new blog, The Analytical Perspective, posting about success in grad school.Via Retraction Watch, we have a few: RSC AdvancesJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology BAnd more on the Fazlul...