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Drugs for a New Millennium

Solomon H. Snyder
Philosophical Transactions: Biological Sciences
Vol. 354, No. 1392, Millenium Issue (Dec. 29, 1999), pp. 1985-1994
Published by: Royal Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3030156
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

A millennium, a century, even a decade is a long time-frame for speculation about anything. Advances in biomedical research in the last few decades have been so extraordinary and escalating at an ever-accelerating pace that any prophecy is a risky proposition. However, it is possible to divine the big, unanswered questions and envisage ways in which they might reasonably be approached in the next few decades, a task which I will try to essay. So many drugs treat so many different medical conditions that a detailed and comprehensive coverage would probably be tiresome. Instead, I will address certain broad themes and diseases that offer both immense challenges and great potential for advances. Rather than review detailed experimental issues, I will confine myself to the 'big picture' issues, providing examples of specific research only in a few instances drawing largely from areas I know best.

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