The Downside of Chemistry Automation

The Downside of Chemistry Automation
Samantha Madar/The Blade via AP

Automation in chemistry (especially industrial chemistry) is so pervasive that we hardly even notice it any more. (I have a whole talk that I give that's partly on that very subject). But what is automation for? That's the subject of this short piece in ACS Med. Chem. Letters by Jeffrey Pan of AbbVie. The answer would seem obvious, and fits into my rule of thumb that any question that can be phrased in the form “I wonder how come they. . .” has the answer “Money”.

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