Author: Sean

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Me-Too Drugs – Innovation Killers or Backbone of Drug Discovery?

‘Me-too’ or ‘follow-on’ drugs are the copycats of the drug discovery landscape. Taking inspiration from existing drugs and making small modifications to them, many new therapies have been developed in this manner. Despite their reputation for lacking novelty and innovation,...

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The Chemistry of Cats and Catnip

If you didn’t already know, cats love catnip (also known as catmint)! The mere smell of the plant drives many felines into a state of euphoria, strangely eliciting the same sequence of playful behavior. The catnip response highlights a unique...

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The Trouble with Believing that Aliens Exist

How nice would it be if we weren’t alone in the Universe? Many believe that somewhere in the vast cosmos, there exist intelligent life forms simply waiting for human contact. While there’s nothing wrong with being hopeful of such a...

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Turning to Frog Skin for New Biologic Peptide Drugs

Looking for medicinal properties in natural compounds is the cornerstone of drug discovery, with many drugs on the market originating from or inspired by plant or animal metabolites. Frog skin secretions contain hundreds of biologically active peptides, piquing the interest...