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Number Crunch: Sep 1, 2001

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Why Pharmas Fear Failure

$880 million

Estimated cost to develop a novel drug

$660 million

Cost attributed to failures of other drugs tested

$200 million

Average amount that could be saved by eliminating one in 10 drug targets from research

$300 million

Savings estimated per novel drug if pharmas can properly implement genomics technologies along the way

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.