Feeding the Beast

A Wall Street Journal article reports that Pfizer is talking about acquiring rival Wyeth for $68 billion in the largest pharmaceutical deal in nearly a decade. The blogosphere is abuzz, mostly with negative feedback. Derek Lowe has written two posts, one at In the Pipeline and another at The Atlantic's blog.

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Oxford Nanopore Technologies is looking into dual listings in London and Hong Kong, according to the South China Morning Post.

The New York Times looks into medical research funding in the US and how the grant system might not be funding the best work.

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