When Chemistry Meets Biology

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Chemists and biologists often regard each other with a mixture of suspicion, incomprehension, and amusement. We speak different languages, we work on different scales with different sorts of equipment, and we worry about different things. But as time goes on, we're finding ourselves pushed more and more into each other's labs. As a chemist myself, I can't add much to the literature about understanding biologists. But I can talk about what we chemists are (and aren't) capable of — and not all of us are up front about that.

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