Derek Lowe has two items worth reading -- start with this article in The Atlantic, where he offers a good description of the layoff situation in pharma (with a particular focus on the recent Pfizer/Wyeth and Merck/Schering-Plough mergers). "Research scientists in the drug business are going through what may be their worst and most uncertain period ever," he writes.

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