CommentaryDrug Discovery

A Call for Sharing: Adapting Pharmaceutical Research to New Realities

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Science Translational Medicine  02 Dec 2009:
Vol. 1, Issue 9, pp. 9cm8
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3000155

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    Egypt’s “Fourth Great Pyramid.” The ancient Library of Alexandria was humanity’s first attempt at sharing knowledge on a massive scale. Founded in the third century B.C.E., it grew to house nearly 700,000 scrolls, attracting scholars from all over the Mediterranean. For seven centuries, it proudly stood as a symbol of knowledge towering over humanity’s secular pursuits. Sadly, it succumbed to civil war and neglect at about 400 C.E.

    CREDIT: O. VON CORVEN
  • Fig. 2.

    Seize the day. In 1959, John F. Kennedy made a speech in the authors’ hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, and remarked that the Chinese word for crisis was made up of two characters, one that represents danger and another that represents opportunity. Fifty years later, his message still resonates.

    CREDIT: C. C. CHEN

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