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New drug discovery techniques are not so revolutionary

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 27 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:239
  1. David F Horrobin, research director (
  1. Laxdale Research, Stirling FK7 9JQ

    EDITOR—The optimistic tone of the editorial by Beeley and Berger was surprising.1 It gave the impression that cascades of new drugs are about to be discovered by the linked techniques of computer aided drug design, combinatorial chemistry, and high throughput screening.

    The reality is different.2 The …

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