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"Society does not care about molecular structure; it cares if a pill lowers blood pressure. Let's get practical. Chemistry neds an overhaul if it is to solve big global problems and advance fundamental understanding." George M. Whitesides and John Deutch, Harvard University I agree with this quote. Diseases, whether they are from genetic causes (cystic fibrosis, Tay Sachs, Downs syndrome), infections (MRSA) or from a disruption of balance (Alzheimers, cancer), are much more complex than we thought. Treatments need to be much more advanced than what we have today, if we are to solve these problems. It took over 2000 years to understand the chemical pathway of aspirin. A 5th century BC Greek physician wrote of a bitter powder that came from the bark of the willow tree, and noticed it eased pains and reduced fever. It was isolated in crystalline form in 1828 by Henri Leroux. The less irritating replacement, acetylsalicylic acid was marketed by Bayer in 1899... read more

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